How many young people die from drug overdoses?

Drug Overdoses, Ages 15-24 Number of Deaths, 2018
Total Overdose Deaths 4,633
        Female 1,481
        Male 3,152
Alcohol1 85
Cocaine 859
Heroin and other illicit opioids2 3,177
Marijuana There are no reports of teens or young adults dying from an overdose of marijuana alone. But there are many reports of marijuana users seeking treatment in emergency rooms, reporting uncomfortable side effects from consuming high THC levels in smoked marijuana or marijuana edibles.
Prescription Drugs:
      Benzodiazepines (e.g. sedatives) 
      Common Prescription Opioids (pain relievers)3

 
899

790

Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice) Deaths have been reported. However, while some state and local governments (and other groups) collect this information, total nationwide numbers are not currently available.

See more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2018 on CDC WONDER Online Database, X45, Y15, released 2019. Available at http://wonder.cdc.gov.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2018 on CDC WONDER Online Database, T40.1, T40.4, released 2019. Available at http://wonder.cdc.gov.

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2018 on CDC WONDER Online Database, T40.2, T40.3, released 2019. Available at http://wonder.cdc.gov.