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Teen Overdose Deaths ‘Nearly Doubled’ in 2021

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2021 was “the deadliest year in U.S. history” and “the coronavirus is not solely to blame” reports the Associated Press. While CDC data shows the crude death rate for cancer rose slightly, as did diabetes, chronic liver disease and stroke, one tragic computation is teenage overdoses.

Data research suggests that although “drug use among teens is down”, unfortunately “adolescents experienced a greater relative increase than the overall population.” The largest jump in overdose deaths is among 14-to 18-year-olds, according to CDC data.

Although full data has not yet been finalized due to necessary lab work and investigations in drug overdose deaths, “provisional data through October suggests the nation is on track to see at lease 105,000 overdose deaths in 2021.”

That number significantly jumped up from the 93,000 deaths from 2020. Tragically, the number of overdose deaths in adolescents were “fairly constant for most of the last decade, at around 500 a year, according to the paper published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.”

Those numbers almost doubled in 2020, to 954, researchers estimate the total will hit  nearly 1,150 for 2021. The large spike is considered “unprecedented” by Joseph Friedman, a UCLA researcher who was the paper’s lead author.

Fentanyl is considered to be the reason behind what is killing our youth in increasing numbers.

The Associated Press reports fentanyl is a “highly lethal drug that has been cut into heroin for several years. More recently it’s also been pressed into counterfeit pills resembling prescription drugs that teens sometimes abuse.”

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‘Mass poisoning:’ Officials seize 15,000 fentanyl pills disguised as candy

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“It’s a mass poisoning.” That’s what Derek Maltz, former DEA special operations director, is calling the fentanyl crisis. In an interview on Fox News, Maltz calls on parents to educate themselves, as the deadly drug is being disguised as candy.

Two Maryland men were charged with trafficking thousands of fentanyl pills that looked like popular candy into Connecticut, the Justice Department said Friday.

With Halloween just weeks away, Maltz wants parents to be warned that the deadly rainbow-colored pills may be marketed to children. During the recent seizure in Connecticut, officials seized 15,000 pills disguised as candy.  The drugs were stashed in Skittles and Nerds packaging, officials said.

“We’re seeing an unprecedented amount of kids dying as young as 13 years old,” Maltz said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.

“And we know now, the DEA says, that 40% of the pills contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl.”

Maltz confirmed cartels are taking advantage of teens’ obsession with the internet by selling the drugs on social media platforms. Maltz added that the children being targeted in these sales may not know any better.

 

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