Drug Contamination Leading To Spike In Overdoses
Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology in the Maxwell School and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, was quoted in the Evansville Courier & Press story “’On a pace to set a record’: Overdose deaths in Vanderburgh on the rise for 2nd year in a row” and a story for the New Jersey Patch.com.
Monnat, who studies geographic patterns in overdoses, commented on the spike in drug-related deaths saying, “what’s really driving the surge in overdoses is this increasingly poisoned drug supply. Nearly all of this increase is fentanyl contamination in some way. Heroin is contaminated. Cocaine is contaminated. Methamphetamine is contaminated.”