Study Finds Nationwide Rise in Methamphetamine Overdose Deaths
A new study supported and conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that methamphetamine overdose deaths in the United States have risen sharply during an eight year period from 2011-2018. The study noted that deaths involving methamphetamine rose from 1.8 to 10.1 per 100,000 men, and from 0.8 to 4.5 per 100,000 women, representing a five-fold increase from 2011-2018. The research also revealed that while deaths rose among all racial and ethnic groups, American Indians and Alaskan Natives had the highest methamphetamine death rate overall. For example, non-Hispanic American Indians' and Alaskan Natives' methamphetamine overdose deaths rose from 4.5 to 20.9 per 100,000 people, more than quadrupling the rate from 2011-2018. The analysis also identified an overall trend of higher methamphetamine overdose death rates in men than women.