Number of Deaths Due to Opioids Tripled in Kids and Teens Over the Past 20 Years: Study

December 28, 2018

(ABC News) – Almost 9,000 children and young adults have died from opioid poisonings in the past 20 years, according to a study published Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers at Yale School of Medicine examined data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between the years 1999 and 2016. They determined that the majority of reported deaths due to opioids – 6,561 – involved prescription drugs and 81 percent were unintentional.

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