CDC Data Brief: Drug Overdose Deaths Among Adolescents in the U.S.

Published Date: 
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Issue: 
No.197
Category: 
Resources, Reports, Research

The CDC's National Center for Health Statistics has released a new report, Drug Overdose Deaths Among Adolescents Aged 15-19 in the United States, 1999-2015. The report provides rates for drug overdoses from 1999-2015 for adolescents aged 15-19 in the U.S. with trends comparing both males and females. Percent distributions of drug overdose deaths for 2015 are presented by intent including unintentional, suicide, and homicide. Highlighted findings include:

  • Drug overdose death rates more than doubled from 1999 to 2007, and then declined by 26% by 2014
  • Drug overdose deaths in this age group increased for the first time since 2007 in 2015
  • Drug overdoses involving opioids have increased since 1999
  • The majority of drug overdose deaths in 2015 were unintentional for both males and female adolescents
  • Death rates for drug overdoses were the highest for opioids, specifically heroin, among adolescents in 2015

View the full data brief here.

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