Study shows meth usage on the rise in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Meth usage is on the rise across the state.

A new report from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Drug Addiction Research Center suggests that interventions may be necessary to address the state's growing numbers.

Methamphetamines are involved in more deaths than opioids in Nebraska, according to the research.

From 2018 to 2019, Nebraska experienced a 59 percent increase in stimulant-involved overdose deaths.

In 2018, 1.7 per every 100,000 Nebraskans died of a meth-involved overdose. In 2019, that rate had increased to 2.7 per 100,000 Nebraskans.

That jump is in line with increases seen at the federal and regional levels.