3 Dec 2015

THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed among teens and young adults in the United States, with rates tripling or quadrupling in one out of every three states, a new report says.

Nationwide, the drug overdose death rate has more than doubled during the past decade among people aged 12 to 25 -- rising from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 in 1999-2001 to 7.3 deaths in 2011-2013, according to the Trust for America's Health report.

These deaths are largely due to the nation's epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and a subsequent rise in heroin use, said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, a non-profit health advocacy group.

"These twin epidemics have contributed to the recent tragic rise in overdose deaths," Levi said.

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