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Fentanyl Remains Top-Dog, but Meth Related Overdoses Surge

The opioid epidemic has claimed the lives of thousands of sick and suffering addicts over the past several years.  As we have seen over the past few months, fentanyl has been the leading culprit in the countless fatal overdoses throughout the US.  However, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, data suggests that meth related overdoses are on the rise and could ultimately replace fentanyl as the top killer.

The rise in meth related overdoses can be see primarily in the western part of the United States. In the CDCP’s data from 2017, the evidence indicates that in states west of the Mississippi River, meth is the most commonly found drug in overdose deaths.

The scariest part?

Resources for treating meth related overdoses and addiction are limited.  At this time, the FDA has not produced any sort of meth treatment medication, nor meth related overdose reversal drug.  In opioid addiction, buprenophine or methadone can be used to treat opioid addiction, and Narcan can be utilized to reverse opioid overdose. The National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that developing medication for meth addiction remains a top priority.

Addiction treatment centers are feeling the backlash of the meth boom, even on the east coast. In Surfside’s latest recovery podcast, RCA Lighthouse Executive Director Dawn Belamarich commented on the surge of meth related cases in the NJ-based treatment center.

We will continue to monitor this new front on the war on drugs.  Hopefully, we will report soon that the FDA has created a new medication to treat meth related overdoses and addiction.

As always, if you or a loved one are struggling, please do not hesitate to reach out.  Our Executive Director is waiting for your call to point you in the direction of appropriate treatment services.