We Shouldn’t Focus Only on Heroin and Painkillers

Three Charts That Show We Shouldn’t Focus Only on Heroin and Painkillers | TheInfluence

The growing number of opioid-related fatalities in the US has seen this particular class of drug grab headlines and politicians’ attention, from Obama on down.

But deaths related to other categories of drug have simultaneously been rising and should not be overlooked

  • cocaine (both power and crack)
  • benzodiazepines (including commonly prescribed sedatives and  anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax, Klonipin and Valium) and
  • stimulants (including the likes of methamphetamine but not, here, cocaine). 

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It’s important to remember that most drug “overdoses” involve combinations of different drugs—mixing opioids with benzos, for example, is particularly dangerous.

And let’s not forget alcohol or tobacco.


2 thoughts on “We Shouldn’t Focus Only on Heroin and Painkillers

  1. Kathy C

    I hope that you have a nice visit to San Diego. Pace yourself, and remember to have a little fun. The Farmers Market in S.D. are wonderful, if you have the stamina, they have some great street food too. They have one in different part of the City nearly every day. The one in Ocean Beach, is close the beach, Parking, and laid back. My other recommendation is a Place called Point Loma Sea foods. They have a Crab Sandwich, on home made sourdough that makes the whole trip worthwhile. They have outdoor seating on the Bay, with a view of the City. Fishing Charter boats are right next to the outdoor seating area. It is fun to see the boats come in, and soak up the ambience with the Gulls overhead.

    Have a great time!


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