Rising Death Rate from Cocaine Overdoses

Rising Death Rate from Cocaine Overdoses

 Website: buzzfeed.com  Source: Scott Pham/BuzzFeed News/Via CDC  Date Obtained: 5/1/18 

Website: buzzfeed.com

Source: Scott Pham/BuzzFeed News/Via CDC

Date Obtained: 5/1/18 

Cocaine overdoses are spiking, and researchers at the Center for Disease Control have said this rise is due to the growing presence of fentanyl-laced cocaine in America. From 2015 to 2016, deaths from cocaine increased 52%. This puts the drug on track to rival painkiller pills and heroin. Fentanyl, the opioid sometimes laced in cocaine, is fifty times stronger than heroin and extremely addictive. It is the same drug that killed Tom Petty and Prince. In 2012, fewer than 200 cocaine overdoses reported by the CDC were related to fentanyl, but in 2016, that number had risen to 4,100.

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