More US teens are dying of opioid overdose — CDC

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The number of American teens to die of a drug overdose leapt by nearly a fifth in 2015 after seven years of decline, a study by the National Center for HealthStatistics has found.

But the disturbing numbers may not simply be a case of the well-publicized epidemic of opioid painkiller abuse spreading to another age group.

Police Capt. Joel Dolan said that there could be many reasons for the changing overdose trends and that he didn't have a definitive explanation for the increase in deaths.

The report looked at the rate of overdose deaths for teens aged 15-19 between 1999 and 2015.

The office estimated that if the trends hold true, New Hampshire will see 466 drug-related deaths this year, which is similar to the figures of the past two years: There were 486 deaths in 2016 and 439 in 2015. In 2015, 772 drug overdose deaths were reported for the 15- to 19-year-old age group.

For the better part of a decade, even as drug overdose rates nationally have soared, a declining number of teens have died of drug overdoses.

The rate of drug overdose deaths was consistently higher for males. Another 57 deaths are attributed to fentanyl and heroin mix. Drugs such as fentanyl are often mixed with heroin for more impact.

Anthony Villerreal, the program manager at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge says they have a program where they work with students and people would be surprised to hear how many have tried synthetics. That number grew to 25 percent in 2015, said Levy, who was not involved with the report.

Sokolnicki said the new data from the CDC is a concern but drug use among teens, isn't exactly new.

Alarming new statistics about teenagers and drugs.

"To make it explode the way it did because for a while there I remember it was like all the rage and a lot of the younger people were talking about it", said Camerer. Last week, Trump said he meant to declare such an emergency, but has not yet formally taken action to do so.

The report comes as the Trump administration has given conflicting signals about how it intends to address the crisis. "The opioid crisis in America is in full swing". "If action is slow, delayed or diluted, we will lose a significant portion of the young generation".

According to the National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, almost half of Americans, or an estimated 119 million, use pain relievers, tranquilizers, sedatives or stimulants.

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