Methamphetamine Deaths Skyrocket, Hitting Black and Native Americans Especially Hard

A study in the journal JAMA Psychiatry suggests methamphetamine use is surging as a major cause of high-risk addiction and overdose death in the U.S. From 2015 to 2019, the number of deaths linked to methamphetamine use rose from 5,526 a year to more than 15,000 a year, roughly a 180% increase.

Researchers found Native Americans and Alaska Natives still have the highest rate of methamphetamine use disorder and have seen sharp increases in drug deaths in recent years. Meanwhile, Black Americans saw a tenfold increase in methamphetamine use over the same five-year period.

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