The fastest-growing drug problem in the United States isn’t cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamines. It is prescription drugs, and it is profoundly affecting the lives of teenagers.
Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, when taken as directed, are generally safe, however, when taken incorrectly it can cause significant harm. Research suggests that children begin to self-administer medication at age 11. Fueled by the powerful opioid fentanyl, that has been increasing among younger people, drug overdose deaths reached an all-time high of 100,000 Americans from April 2020 - April 2021. Simply put, opioids are destroying people’s lives.