Teen Drug Overdoses Doubled From 1999 to 2015, CDC Reveals

From 1999 to 2015, while America was grappling with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the worst economic crisis since the Depression, another tragedy quietly unfolded — the death rate of teenagers overdosing on drugs more than doubled.

In 2015 alone, there were 772 drug overdose deaths for adolescents ages 15 through 19 and they died at a rate of 3.7 per 100,000, according to figures newly released Wednesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By contrast, the death rate was 1.6 per 100,000 in 1999.




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Kim Sullivan’s son, in the photo, died of a heroin overdose.