Fentanyl Causes Increase in Cocaine Overdose

Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine Overdoses Rising Across the Country

Deaths from cocaine overdose are climbing in many parts of America. This increase in overdose fatality is due primarily to the presence of fentanyl in cocaine supplies across the country. Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic opioid painkiller that is 50 to 100 times more powerful than pure morphine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that fentanyl and other synthetic opioids killed 28,000 Americans in 2017. The agency also reports that cocaine overdose took the lives of over nearly 14,000 Americans that same year. Many of these deaths were linked, and involved the presence of cocaine contaminated with fentanyl.

A Long-Running Cocaine Overdose Epidemic

Cocaine overdose deaths have risen in over 30 states since 2010. Ohio leads the nation in these deaths.  Cocaine killed 14 of every 100,000 Ohioans in 2017. This represents a 70 percent increase over the last ten years, according to the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center. The ongoing epidemic underscores the glaring and immediate need for more robust cocaine addiction treatment resources across the country.

The recent contamination of the already deadly cocaine with an even-more powerful drug like fentanyl makes getting help even more of a time-sensitive matter. While the addiction treatment conversation has been dominated by heroin and prescription painkillers, other substance use epidemics continue to fester silently.

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