Record Number of High School Students Dying of Drug Overdoses

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Everyone wants to blame the drugs. But the drugs are an inanimate object. The drugs do not have the ability to get into people’s bodies on their own; a person has to choose to put the drugs in their body.

Why are so many people choosing to do this?

100 years ago, heroin was in everyone’s medicine cabinet.

We didn’t have a bunch of junkies.

Of course, a lot of these high school overdoses are from fake pills, where kids are just trying to have a bit of fun and end up with lethal doses of fentanyl.

Fentanyl is so cheap that everything is fentanyl. They even put it in cocaine, which doesn’t even make any sense.

New York Post:

A record number of high school teens died of drug overdoses in 2022 in an alarming trend driven primarily by fentanyl poisonings from counterfeit pills, according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Boston researchers found that an average of 22 adolescents ages 14 to 18 years old died each week in the U.S. from drug overdoses in 2022.

The death rate for drug overdoses among teens is more than double what it was in 2018, according to the study, which is entitled “The Overdose Crisis Among U.S. Adolescents.”

A total of 1,125 teens died of drug overdose or poisoning in 2022, making it the third-leading cause of death for teenagers across the country – behind firearm-related injuries and motor vehicle crashes, respectively, the report said.

Fewer teens than ever are actively using drugs, and yet more teens than ever are dying,” senior author Dr. Scott Hadland, chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Harvard Medical School, told Fox News.

And that’s because drug use isn’t becoming more common — it’s becoming more dangerous.”

In 2002, 21% of high-school seniors said they had used an illicit drug besides cannabis in the previous year.

By 2022, that share had fallen to 8%.

Meanwhile, at least 75% of adolescent drug overdose deaths are from fentanyl poisonings, the researchers found.

As other studies have found, those poisonings primarily occur when teens inadvertently take counterfeit pills laced with a lethal dose of the synthetic opioid.

It’s really clear that the problems started to take off a little bit before COVID and then really accelerated during the COVID pandemic,” Hadland told Fox.

Teens were isolated and they weren’t able to go to school or engage in the usual activities — and we know that health care systems became more difficult to access.”


What can you do?

Fentanyl is basically legal under this government.