Drug Overdoses in Youth

Drug Overdoses, Ages 15-24 Number of Deaths, 2019
Total Overdose Deaths 4,777
        Female 1,459
        Male 3,318
Alcohol1 109
Cocaine 850
Heroin and other illicit opioids2 3,391
Marijuana There are no reports of teens or young adults dying from an overdose of marijuana alone. But there are reports of individuals who have sought treatment in emergency rooms, reporting uncomfortable side effects after consuming high THC levels in smoked marijuana or marijuana edibles.
Prescription Drugs:
      Benzodiazepines (e.g. sedatives) 
      Common Prescription Opioids (pain relievers)3

 
727

672

Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice) Nationwide numbers are not currently available.
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2019 on CDC WONDER Online Database, X45, X65, Y15, released 2020. Available at http://wonder.cdc.gov.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2019 on CDC WONDER Online Database, T40.1, T40.4, released 2020. Available at http://wonder.cdc.gov.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2019 on CDC WONDER Online Database, T40.2, T40.3, released 2020. Available at http://wonder.cdc.gov.
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