Teen drug overdoses on the rise

Drug overdose deaths have been on the rise among adolescents across the U.S. since 2018, according to survey data published Feb. 6 by KFF.

The data found that Black and Hispanic adolescents have experienced the fastest increase in drug overdose deaths between 2018 and 2022, although white adolescents continue to hold the largest share of drug overdose deaths among their age group.

Here is the number of drug overdose deaths among adolescents for each year from 2018 to 2022:

 Year  Opiod deaths  Other drug overdose deaths
 2018  143  110
 2019  165  117
 2020  396  150
 2021  508  129
 2022  563  160


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