The death rate among children and adolescents due to opioid overdoses nearly tripled from 1999 to 2016, according to a report published in the journal JAMA Network Open, an indication that the opioid epidemic is also affecting youth in America. “What began more than two decades ago as a public health problem primarily among young and middle-aged white males is now an epidemic of prescription and illicit opioid abuse that is taking a toll on all segments of U.S. society,” the researchers wrote. “Millions of children and adolescents are now routinely exposed in their homes, schools and communities to these ... Read More
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