The Opioid Epidemic Now Includes StimulantsThursday, May 13, 2021
Trends are showing that the use of stimulants are on the rise including prescription amphetamines, methamphetamine, and cocaine. A person builds tolerance quickly when using stimulants that aren't prescribed to them and have many negative short and long term effects. While the ongoing opioid epidemic shifted from prescription medication, to heroin, to synthetic opioids like fentanyl, overdose deaths involving cocaine and other stimulants were also on the rise but not discussed as often in the news. Cocaine and methamphetamine overdose deaths are now involved in more deaths than prescription opioids and heroin and the current data isn't showing that this trend is due to the COVID-19 pandemic; meaning that this problem was already on the rise before the pandemic and just continued to increase as time went on.
For more information, please visit the National Institute for Health Care Management's (NIHCM) website. They have put together some interactive infographics on this topic and elaborate on trends and numbers.