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Commentary By Allison Schrager

Economics Newsletter: U.S. Leads in Amphetamine Deaths

Economics Drug Development, Healthcare

The figure from Our World in Data charts the rate of death from amphetamine abuse by country.  The U.S. has an unusual drug problem. It leads the world, by far, with 1.27 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019. The next highest rates belongs to Estonia at 68 people per 100,000, Canada at 36 per 100,000 followed by Sweden at 35. Deaths have only increased since the pandemic.  

Source: Our World in Data

Allison Schrager is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Follow her on Twitter here.

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