Teen overdose deaths increase in 2015 after declining since 2007

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The adolescent death rate from drug overdoses increased to 3.7 per 100,000 in 2015 after gradually declining to 3.1 from a high of 4.2 per 100,000 in 2007, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdose death rates for girls aged 15-19 nearly doubled between 1999 and 2004, and tripled for boys between 1999 and 2007, the report notes. The majority of deaths in 2015 were unintentional and from opioids, specifically heroin.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, opioids

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