Growing number of opioid abuse cases among kids, teens

A growing number of kids and teens are being sent to the hospital for opioid abuse. Researchers looked at pediatric hospital records from 1997 to 2012 and found a 165-percent increase in opioid poisonings among one to 19-year-olds. Poisoning among teens that was linked to self harm grew by 140-percent and there was a 300-percent jump in cases where teen’s opioid abuse led to an accidental poisoning. Heroin poisonings among adolescents also increased drastically.

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