How does fentanyl lead to rising teen death rates?

Most American teens don’t use drugs — in fact, the use of illicit drugs by teens has been decreasing for more than two decades. But despite that decline, drug-related deaths in teens have increased dramatically since 2019. And most of those drug-related deaths now involve fentanyl.

The DEA Laboratory found that six out of ten of the fentanyl-laced counterfeit prescription pills it analyzed in 2022 contained a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. It’s a new risk that young people need to hear about.


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