October 23, 2017 – The disease of addiction does not discriminate; it can impact all ages, races, economic statuses and religions. However, a new report shows how young people are disproportionally represented in overdose deaths.
According to the Times Herald, a latest Drug Enforcement Administration report broke down major components to the nation’s drug epidemic, as well as which age groups are affected:
The report stated 30 percent of drug-related overdose deaths occurred in the 25- to 34-year-old age group, which showed a 970 percent increase in fentanyl presence. Those aged 15 to 24 saw a 380 percent spike in the presence of fentanyl compared to other age groups.
The three most affected age groups — from age 25 to 44 — account for approximately 40 percent of the population but suffered 75 percent of overdose deaths last year.
The report was prepared by the DEA in an effort to provide municipalities and law enforcement with more date to draw from in combating the opioid epidemic.
Read more on the Times Herald.