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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Youth Overdose Death Rates Quadruple

It probably comes as little surprise that with the increase of illicit opioid use across the country, the rate of overdose deaths has followed in the wake. The recent spike in overdose deaths has caused many to reevaluate their position on the life saving drug naloxone, which can effectively reverse the symptoms of an overdose. This position change could not come soon enough; a new report has found that over the last decade youth overdose deaths have risen dramatically in 35 states, USA Today reports. The startling findings come from the nonprofit group Trust for America’s Health.

In 2013, overdoses were leading cause of injury death in United States, surpassing the number of deaths resulting from car crashes. The report found that in five states overdose death rates more than quadrupled, according to the article.

The states include:
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • Ohio
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
The new report sought to determine what was working in each state with regard to reducing teen substance abuse, people ages 12- to 25-year-olds in the U.S.

“More than 90 percent of adults who develop a substance use disorder began using before they were 18,” Jeffrey Levi, Executive Director of Trust for America’s Health, said in a press release. “Achieving any major reduction in substance misuse will require a reboot in our approach – starting with a greater emphasis on preventing use before it starts, intervening and providing support earlier and viewing treatment and recovery as a long-term commitment.”

States that were found to be doing the worst with curbing teen overdose deaths, did not necessarily have the highest overdose deaths rates in the country, the article reports. In West Virginia, 12.6 per 100,000 youths overdosed from 2011 to 2013, compared with North Dakota with only 2.2 per 100,000.

The rise in youth overdose death rates has been directly linked to prescription opioid and heroin abuse. Of the people using heroin, 45 percent were also addicted to prescription opioids, according to the report.

If you or loved one is struggling with prescription opioids or heroin, Whiteside Manor can assist you in finding recovery. We can provide support and structure for those seeking addiction treatment for alcohol or drugs.

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