Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine from a June arrest in Concord is shown here.

State officials recorded five deaths associated with methamphetamine over the last 30 days, a sharp jump in deaths linked to the stimulant, which is surging in popularity.

Only 16 methamphetamine-associated deaths had been recorded before the the most recent reporting period, which ran from mid-July to mid-August. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released the data Thursday.

The number of deaths associated with methamphetamine — either by itself of in combination with other drugs — now stands at 21 so far this year. The number for all of last year was 22.

The state recorded 184 total drug deaths as of Aug. 14, with another 55 cases undetermined until toxicology tests are completed. Overall overdose deaths dropped slightly last year and are trending to fall further this year.