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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. The increase in the number of kids winding up in intensive care units has been driven by possible suicide attempts among those aged 18 and younge. Drug overdose deaths involving any opioid―prescription opioids (including methadone), other synthetic opioids, and heroin―rose from 18,515 deaths in 2007 to 47,600 deaths in 2017; before declining to 46,802 in 2018.
More than 68% of deaths occurred among males (Figure 3). Among overdose deaths involving opioids, more than half of those who died were aged 25 to 44 years, and more than two-thirds of all overdose deaths involved men. MONDAY, Feb. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) More than a quarter of all opioid overdoses in the United States involve teenagers, and a full fifth of those cases were likely suicide attempts, new. The rate increased from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 teens to 3.7 per 100,000, CNN reports.
Most overdose deaths among teens were unintentional, although female deaths were more than twice as likely as male deaths to be suicides. Overdose death rates among those ages 15 to 19 were highest for opioid drugs, specifically heroin. 1 day ago · Evidence of current or past substance use disorder treatment was more common among opioid overdose deaths (18.6% with stimulants, 19.1% without stimulants) than nonopioid overdose deaths (less than 10%). Among overdose deaths, 37% occurred with a bystander present. “For one-quarter of deaths, there was evidence of a mental health diagnosis.
Update: Teen overdose deaths from prescription drug use continued to rise in 2016 (873 deaths) and 2017 (1,050 deaths). This number decreased in 2018, to 790 deaths, but deaths involving synthetic opioids increased (for all ages) by 10 percent in 2018. That increase was probably due to the use (intentional or unintentional) of fentanyl. In 2015, however, there were 772 total drug overdose deaths among people aged 15 to 19, the report said.
Those deaths included about 500 males and almost 300 females. In 2018, 67,367 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States. The age-adjusted rate of overdose deaths decreased by 4.6% from 2017 (21.7 per 100,000) to 2018 (20.7 per 100,000).
Opioids—mainly synthetic opioids (other than methadone)—are currently the main driver of drug overdose deaths.
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