Drug Poisoning Death Rates Rise in Teens and Young Adults

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Drug poisoning death rates in teens and young adults are increasing, according to a new study.

The rates among people ages 15 to 24 rose from 8.1 per 100,000 people in 2006, to 9.7 in 2015, the researchers reported in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The death rate from opioids in this age group increased 4.8 percent on average annually from 2006 to 2015, but jumped 15.4 percent a year between 2013 and 2015. Most of the deaths involved opioids, both prescription medications and illicit drugs such as heroin, CNBC reports.

“The surge in drug poisoning deaths among adolescents and young adults reflects the ease of access to pharmaceutical drugs, especially prescription opioids and later transition to more potent opioids,” said lead study author Dr. Bina Ali.

Risks for Relapse, Overdose and What You Can Do

Addiction is complex and the journey to recovery often involves setbacks and relapse. Rates of relapse are between 40 and 60 percent, very similar to rates of relapse with other chronic diseases like hypertension, asthma or type I diabetes.1 Once your son or daughter has been drug-free for a period of time — whether the result of formal treatment or otherwise — should they relapse, they’re more susceptible to overdose for the simple reason that their tolerance isn’t what it once was. A dose they may have once used regularly can now be fatal.

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