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