Unlike the opioid epidemic — for which medications exist to help combat addiction — healthcare providers only have few tools to help methamphetamine users survive and recover. A drug such as naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose, does not exist for meth. And there are no drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration that can treat Methamphetamine addiction.

Although the opioid epidemic continues to rise, the toll of methamphetamine use, also known as meth or crystal meth, is on the rise, too.

The rate of overdose deaths involving the stimulant more than tripled from 2011 to 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

REFERENCE: https://khn.org/news/meths-resurgence-spotlights-lack-of-meds-to-combat-the-addiction/

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