More About Stimulant Abuse & Addiction
Because opioid narcotics have been responsible for the majority of overdose-related deaths in recent times, a smaller amount of focus has been placed on the risk of stimulant-related overdose. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cocaine was involved in roughly one out of every five overdose-related deaths in the year 2017. During this year alone, roughly 14,000 men and women lost their lives to cocaine overdose. In 2016, roughly 5 million American adults reported that they used cocaine on a regular basis. Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug that is typically snorted (used nasally), though it can also be smoked or injected.
Methamphetamine & Other Psychostimulant Drugs
Methamphetamine is an illegal psychostimulant that has a very high potential for abuse. This drug can rapidly devastate physical and mental health, and has been shown to lead to a range of adverse short and long-term health effects including permanent brain damage, cardiovascular issues, the development of anxiety-related issues, insomnia and violent behavior. In 2019, it was reported that 2 million Americans over the age of 18 abused methamphetamine at least once during the year prior. The CDC reported that rates of psychostimulant overdose have been steadily increasing since 2010. In the year 2017, more than 10,000 American adults lost their lives to psychostimulant overdose — a 37 percent increase from the previous year. It is important to note that methamphetamine is not the only psychostimulant drug with a high potential for abuse — ecstasy also falls into this category.