It's not just opioids: Stimulant overdose deaths surged by a THIRD in 2017, CDC ...

It's not just opioids: Stimulant overdose deaths surged by a THIRD in 2017, CDC report reveals In 2017, stimulants were involved in one third of all overdose deaths in the US  23,139 Americans died with stimulants in their systems that year  although the epidemic has captured the most attention, stimulant overdoses deaths rose by a full third in just one year, CDC data reveal 

By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 16:12 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 16:12 BST, 3 May 2019

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Americans are increasingly overdosing and dying of uppers like cocaine and Ritalin as well as opioids, a new report reveals. 

In 2017, a third of overdose deaths were caused by stimulants, claiming the lives of 23,139 people. 

The opioid epidemic has certainly dominated headlines, but it continues to sweep the US, a growing tide of stimulant use isn't far behind. 

And health officials have voiced concerns over the increase in fentanyl-laced cocaine making its way into the US.  

Between 2016 and 2017 the number of overdose deaths involving stimulants - with or without opioids - increased by one third, and stimulant-only overdoses continue to rise as well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Friday. 

Stimulants like cocaine, Ritalin and MDMA were involved in one third of 2017 opioid overdoses, an increase of 33 percent over the previous year, new CDC figures reveal

Stimulants like cocaine, Ritalin and MDMA were involved in one third of 2017 opioid overdoses, an increase of 33 percent over the previous year, new CDC figures reveal 

Opioids may be at the heart of the current epidemic, but health officials are warning that dangerous misuse of other drugs is on the rise as well. 

And different types of drugs are increasingly being used together in combinations that can quickly

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