While officials say drug overdose deaths are on track to fall in the United States—data indicated deaths in Texas are once-again expected to increase, something addiction experts attribute to problems with methamphetamine and cocaine in the state.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects a 5-percent drop between 2017 and 2018. However in Texas, overdose deaths are expected to be up 1.5-percent from 2017.
University of Texas addiction researcher Jane Maxwell attributes methamphetamine and cocaine problems in Texas as the cause of the yearly increase.
Maxwell says the problem is compounded by the lack of effective treatments for those addictions.
Increases in overdose deaths in Texas, though, are projected to be much smaller than in previous years, compared to 2016, when they increased by 4% and the year before by 7.4%.
The CDC expects to record 3,028 overdose deaths in Texas in 2018, up from 2,984 in 2017.