Playing whack-a-mole with death –

January 4, 2019 – The development is, in part, an outgrowth of the crackdown on opioids in the U.S., and the result of cartels finding other drugs. The 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), released last fall, noted the rise of more potent forms of meth and cocaine in the United States. Particularly worrisome in recent years has been the mixture in many overdose cases of cocaine and illicit fentanyl, authorities say. The same is happening with meth … {and} Cocaine overdose deaths rose to about 14,500 in 2017, twice what they were in 2015.

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