Teen Drug Overdoses Have “Skyrocketed”

A new study has found that the rates of teen drug overdose have “skyrocketed” and it may be something parents want to keep in mind. Teenagers are in a unique and serious stage of development. They are learning to find themselves as individuals while trying to navigate their school, work, and social life. They are also thinking about college, and this can all place a lot of pressure on teens. For some, this can mean that their mental health is impacted, and parents should always be aware of the ways a teen may cope with mental health challenges.

According to Study Finds, a study has found that teenage drug overdose has “skyrocketed,” and this is something that parents should be aware of. This study was done by UCLA, and it can be read in full here. It found that overdose deaths among teenagers in the US almost doubled in the year 2020.

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This could be another side effect of the pandemic, which shows it had more impact than originally assumed, and it calls to attention the need for intervention and treatment services for youth. Youth have been greatly impacted by the pandemic, and they are showing that they need more help.

Not only were the deaths high in 2020, but they continued to grow in the first half of 2021. Joseph Friedman, the lead researcher on the study, stated that While the drug death rate increased, drug use has remained steady, and it is actually at an all-time low for teenagers. This means that drug use is not becoming more common, but it is becoming more dangerous.

The evidence points to the illicit drug fentanyl, which is one of the deadliest substances out there.

Fentanyl is most commonly found in “counterfeit pills,” and the problem is that teenagers may not even realize that they are more dangerous than they believe. This can prompt an important conversation that parents have to have with their teenagers on substance use and the hidden dangers that are out there.

It is also a nod to making sure that parents are aware and involved in their child’s life to screen them for any mental health struggles as well as signs of addiction or substance use.

Researchers are also stating that more information needs to be given in schools as well and that children and youth need to be educated about the dangers of counterfeit drugs and all other substances.

Sources: Study Finds, UCLA

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