Question of the Day – Tuesday September 3, 2019

Question – What percent of opioid deaths also involve benzodiazepines, cocaine or methamphetamine in the form of co-use?



Answer – According to the cited reference “Benzodiazepines, cocaine, or methamphetamine were present in 63% of opioid deaths”; 34% cocaine, 33% benzodiazepines and 12% methamphetamine. (Gladden RM et al. Changes in Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths by Opioid Type and Presence of Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine — 25 States, July–December 2017 to January–June 2018. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:737-744. DOI: icon.)