By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 16:12 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 16:12 BST, 3 May 2019
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
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