Teen overdose deaths reach record high in 2022 despite decline in drug use

A new report in the New England Journal of Medicine published on Wednesday shows overdose deaths in US teens hit an all-time high in 2022, with the equivalent of a high school classroom of teens dying every week across the country. Overdoses are now the 3rd leading cause of death in kids under 19 in the US. The bleak record comes even as teen drug use is at its lowest rate in almost 50 years.

New Illinois law mandates fentanyl education in schools

The CDC estimates one American dies every five minutes from a drug poisoning. Last year in Cook County, 90% of opioid deaths involved fentanyl. Illinois lawmakers explain the importance of fentanyl education in schools.