Drugs Most Frequently Involved in Drug Overdose Deaths in the US 2011–2016
"The percentage of deaths with concomitant involvement of other drugs varied by drug. For example, almost all drug overdose deaths involving alprazolam or diazepam (96%) mentioned involvement of other drugs. In contrast, 50% of the drug overdose deaths involving methamphetamine, and 69% of the drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl mentioned involvement of one or more other specific drugs.
"Table D shows the most frequent concomitant drug mentions for each of the top 10 drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in 2016.
" Two in five overdose deaths involving cocaine also mentioned fentanyl.
" Nearly one-third of drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl also mentioned heroin (32%).
" Alprazolam was mentioned in 26% of the overdose deaths involving hydrocodone, 22% of the deaths involving methadone, and 25% of the deaths involving oxycodone.
" More than one-third of the overdose deaths involving cocaine also mentioned heroin (34%).
" More than 20% of the overdose deaths involving methamphetamine also mentioned heroin."
Hedegaard H, Bastian BA, Trinidad JP, Spencer M, Warner M. Drugs most frequently involved in drug overdose deaths: United States, 2011–2016. National Vital Statistics Reports; vol 67 no 9. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2018.