Methamphetamine Use, Overdose Deaths From Psychostimulants Soar

Methamphetamine use in adults aged 18 to 64 years increased 43% between 2015 and 2019, astudy in JAMA Psychiatry has found. The study also found that overdose deaths involving psychostimulants other than cocaine, mostly methamphetamine, increased 180% during the same period.Beth Han, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and colleagues examined data from 195,711 people who responded to the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) between 2015 and 2019. The NSDUH, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is a comprehensive survey of approximately 67,500 civilian, noninstitutionalized people aged 12 years or older. Han and colleagues also examined data from the 2015 to 2019 National Vital Statistics System Multiple Cause of Death files.Between 2015 and 2019, frequent methamphetamine use, defined as 100 days or more of use in the past 12 months, increased 66%. Methamphetamine use with cocaine increased 60%.The study also found that methamphetamine use disorder (MUD) without injection increased 105%. It more than tripled among women and doubled among men, nearly tripled among White people, more than doubled among Latinx people, and increased more than 10-fold among Black people. Risk factors for methamphetamine use, MUD, injection, and frequent methamphetamine use included lower education, lower annual household income, lack of insurance, housing instability, criminal justice involvement, comorbidities ...
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