We know the toll the opioid addiction has taken on adults, but in the last 20 years, 9,000 teens and children have died from opioids.
The epidemic has nearly tripled the death rate of young people.
They’re mostly teens ages 15 to 19, and mostly white males.
Most of the deaths were unintentional.
Experts say teens are aware there’s an opioid addiction problem, but they think it won’t happen to them.
“That really reinforces the need to continue to ramp up our prevention efforts around adolescents and even prevention in terms of talking about proper use, storage and disposal of medications within in the home,” said Jennifer Smith, secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.
If you or a loved one needs help recovering from addiction, this phone number is a good one, 1-800-662-HELP (4357). It’s a hotline staffed by trained professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days week.