chapter  3
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Synthetic stimulants

The Medical Examiner’s component of the 1998 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) reported 501 methamphetamine-related deaths. By 1999, that number had risen to 690, accounting for not quite 6% of all drug-related deaths reported and moving methamphetamine from being the ninth most common cause of drug-related death to the number six position, just after diazepam (811 cases), and just ahead of marijuana-related deaths (670 cases) (Kissin and Ball, 2000).