While Teen Drug Use is Down Deadly Opioid Overdoses Are On The Rise
According to a new report put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdose deaths among older American teenagers increased in 2015. This was after a steady decline and in spite of the fact that overall drug use among this group has declined. The research showed that between 1999 and 2015, drug overdose death rates for 15- to 19-year-olds more than doubled. In total, there were 772 drug overdose deaths among older teens in 2015, with two-thirds more deaths among males than females. Between 2014 and 2015, the overdose death rate for males in this age group rose 15 percent. For women the rate increased 35 percent between 2013 and 2015.
Noteworthy is that over 80 percent of overdose deaths were unintentional, the rest were due to suicides or homicides involving drug overdose.
Opioids Are The Leading Cause of Teen Overdose
Teen drug use is down, but fatal overdoses have increased. Opioids caused the majority of deaths from overdose, outpacing deaths due to cocaine, benzodiazepines, and methamphetamine, crystal meth, amphetamine and other psycho-stimulants that are associated with drug abuse and drug addiction. The report also indicated an increase in recent teen overdose deaths due to heroin and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl. Overdose deaths due prescription pain medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone have been in decline over the last seven years or so.
A 2015 study in the journal Pediatrics also found that teens who are prescribed opioids in high school are 33 percent more likely to abuse any opioid or opiate between ages 19 and 23. Such prescriptions are often the result of a sports injury.
Heroin Use Among Teenagers Is Also More Prevalent
Opioids and prescription pain killers appear to be gateway drugs for heroin. Heroin is typically less expensive and widely available. Several states have passed laws limiting how many opioid pills doctors can prescribe at a time. While many teens begin with prescription opioids, others reach heroin after years of experimenting with other drugs.
There are some bright spots in this reports. According to this survey in 2016 drug use, other than marijuana, among teens is at its lowest point in decades. Over the last five years abuse of prescription opioids among 12th graders. Heroin use among 10th- and 12th-grade students remains very low.
For teenagers who develop drub abuse problems and drug addiction, some sort of intervention is critical. Whether an out patient counseling program, or in patient treatment center, it’s important to help a teenager end their drug use and get their life pointed back in a positive direction. These are there formative years and some bad habits can be lethal.
If you or your teenagers is struggling with drug abuse, call a professional in your community and get answers and guidance. And our National Addiction Hotline is here for you 24/7. 1-888-352-6072
This video by Drug Policy.org outlines some of the history of methamphetamine use and addiction. Methamphetamine is a cousin to the drug amphetamine. The affect of methamphetamine on the body is far more daunting. Both are highly addictive.
Amphetamine was first synthesized in the late 1800s. Methamphetamine was discovered around 1919. By 1971 congress classified both as Schedule II drugs, which is the most restricted category for prescription drugs. Then the black market took over filling the gap.
Today tens of thousands of addicts struggle for survival. Just paying for their drug habit and keeping a job can prove to be too much. While this highly addictive drug can ruin a life in a short amount of time, there is always hope for the addict who wants to turn their life around and free themselves from their addiction.
We hope this video sheds some light on both of these drugs and addiction to them.
And if you are a loved one is struggling with a drug addiction call our hotline and get help today – 1-888-352-6072