Methamphetamine caused more overdose deaths than any other drug in western states in 2017, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Nationwide, fentanyl remains the most common cause of drug overdoses, The Wall Street Journal reports. Meth was the fourth-leading cause of drug overdoses nationally. Of the 70,237 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2017, fentanyl was involved in 39%, compared with 23% for heroin, 21% for cocaine and 13% for meth.
The CDC said 2018 could be the first year that overdoses deaths have dropped since 1990. The agency is still calculating 2018 drug overdose statistics.