Cocaine overdose deaths have been rising since 2012 and jumped a staggering 34 percent between 2016 and 2017, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Opioids may carry some of the blame. Many overdose deaths involve someone who took several different drugs, and researchers found that nearly three-quarters of the deaths involving cocaine in 2017 also involved opioids. Deaths also included super-potent drugs such as fentanyl.
Health officials say about 70,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017. Nearly 14,000 involved cocaine, and nearly 48,000 involved some type of opioid.
When it comes to gender and age, the upward trend in fatalities was most pronounced for young women aged 15 to 24, although young men were similarly affected. Cocaine-related deaths were most common in the Midwest, while the West had the highest rate of fatal overdoses involving psychostimulants, the CDC researchers said.