5 Deadliest Drugs in America

Addiction is a huge problem in America today between alcohol, the opiate epidemic, a boom in cocaine production, and rising meth arrests It can be hard to keep track of what is going on. Especially if you are a parent with a 9-5 job and kids growing up in these crazy times.

This is why we have created a compressed list of the most dangerous drugs out there today. Each one contains a link to further info on the drug and signs of abuse.

5) Diazepam


Also known as Valium is is an anti-anxiety medication that can be dangerous when mixed with alcohol. The CDC reported that 1,729 died from an overdose on the drug in 2014. You may have heard of the drug before as it was linked to Heath Ledgers death in 2008.

4) Methamphetamine


Methamphetamine also known as Meth, Ice, or Dope is a very strong amphetamine. The drug can cause a user to be up for days and can cause some serious change in the appearance of a person. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2016 7,660 people died from meth overdose.

3) Alprazolam


Also known as Xanax this drug is commonly prescribed as an anti-anxiety medication. The drug had 4,217 deaths from the drug in 2014 according to the CDC. While the drug is a popular anti anxiety med it is a common drug of abuse and is resold on the streets.

2) Cocaine


Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant and the amount being imported to the US has increased over the last couple years do to a boom in production of the substance in Columbia. 10,600 people died in 2016 from a cocaine overdose according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

1) Opiates


This category covers many different substances including Heroin, Prescription painkillers, Fentanyl, Methadone, and more. I couldnt find a complete number of overdose deaths for all drugs in this category but according to ASAM with just heroin and painkillers added up 33,091 in 2015 alone. It is fair to say opiates are the deadliest drugs on the streets today. Which to most will not come as a surprise as over the last several year the problems with opiates in our country have been reported as an opiate epidemic.

Educate yourself and your loved one on the dangers of drugs. Education is a huge part of preventing future drug use. If prevention has already failed and you have a loved one who needs treatment contact us today.

Statistics from CBS and its report in the deadliest drugs in America.



Aaron has been writing drug education articles and documenting the success of the Narconon program for over two years.