Drug Overdose Rates Soaring Among U.S. Youth

November 19, 2015
by Dennis Thompson

Nationwide, the drug overdose death rate has more than doubled during the past decade among people aged 12 to 25 -- rising from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 in 1999-2001 to 7.3 deaths in 2011-2013, according to the Trust for America's Health report.

These deaths are largely due to the nation's epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and a subsequent rise in heroin use, said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, a non-profit health advocacy group.

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