Meth Is Top Drug in the West for Overdose Deaths – Wall Street Journal

Methamphetamine, or “meth,” the powerful man-made alternative to plant-based stimulants like cocaine and crack, is playing a bigger role in fatal overdoses in the western half of the U.S. than the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—marking the first time the agency has broken down regional differences in overdose deaths by specific drugs—shows that meth was the top drug involved in overdose deaths in 19 states west of the Mississippi River in 2017.

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