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August 23, 2017

After declining for several years, teen drug overdose deaths inched up in 2015

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The Washington Post – Drug overdose deaths among U.S. teens edged upward in 2015 after declining for several years, according a new report.

The report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at drug overdose deaths among Americans ages 15 to 19 over a 16-year period.

The report showed that from 1999 to the mid-2000s, drug overdose deaths in this age group more than doubled, from 1.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 1999 to 4.2 deaths in 2007. This increase coincided with a rise in drug overdose deaths among the U.S. population as a whole, an increase that has been partly attributed to the opioid epidemic.

However, after 2007, drug overdose deaths among teens declined, reaching 3.1 deaths per 100,000 people in 2014, the report said. (The drop was driven by a decrease in drug overdose deaths among males in this age group.)

But in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, drug overdose deaths among teens increased again, to 3.7 deaths per 100,000 people, a 19 percent increase compared with 2014, the report said. In total, there were 772 drug overdose deaths in this age group in 2015.

Read more at The Washington Post.

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