Rates of youth drug overdoses increasing in Tennessee

TENNESSEE (AP) – A study by a nonprofit health policy organization says the rate of Tennessee youth who die from drug overdoses has more than doubled over the past decade.

The report was made by Trust For America’s Health, and found out of every 100,000 Tennesseans between ages 12 – 25, seven of them died from drug overdoses.

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That number is just below the national average of 7.3 out of 100,000.

Organization Director Jeffery Levi says the increase of youth overdose is largely from the increases in the misuse of prescription drugs, along with the related increase in heroin use by 18 to 25-year-olds.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse you can call the states redline, 1.800.889.9789

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