Fatal drug overdoses involving cocaine surge by over 52% — here’s why

Fatal overdoses involving cocaine and other stimulants have spiked.

From 2015 to 2016, the rate of deaths in the U.S. involving cocaine and so-called psychostimulants — that includes Methamphetamine, Amphetamine and Adderall and other drugs to treat attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity disorder — increased by 52.4% and 33.3%, respectively, according to data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Death rates involving cocaine and these psychostimulants increased across age groups, racial and ethnic groups, and county urbanization levels from 2016 to 2017. Death rates involving cocaine and psychostimulants — with and without opioids — have increased.

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