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The 4th Wave of the Fentanyl Crisis
September 14, 2023 on the NPR Morning Edition
Fentanyl mixed with cocaine or meth is driving the '4th wave' of the overdose crisis
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The 4th Wave of the Overdose Crisis
From the reporting partnership with WYPR and KFF Health News. for NPR
"The mixture of stimulants like cocaine and meth with highly potent synthetic opioids is a fast-growing driver of fatal overdoses in the U.S."
"We're now seeing that the use of fentanyl together with stimulants is rapidly becoming the dominant force in the U.S. overdose crisis," says Joseph Friedman, the lead author of the study and a researcher at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. "Fentanyl has ushered in a polysubstance overdose crisis, meaning that people are mixing fentanyl with other drugs, like stimulants, but also countless other synthetic substances."