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#TrueTopicsPodcast: Is Everybody on Drugs?

Teens Talk Teen Drug Use

 

Is Everybody on Drugs? That’s a question our host Mecca and Daniel asked each other after an

encounter with their school’s security. A few teens were caught smoking in the school bathroom and because they were in the hallway the security blamed them. After talking to other teens about it, they questioned ‘why are their peers starting to experiment with drugs like pills and marijuana?

According to the CDC,

From 2019 to 2021, overdose deaths among persons aged 14–18 years increased.

What is added by this report?

Median monthly overdose deaths among persons aged 10–19 years (adolescents) increased 109% from July–December 2019 to July–December 2021;

  • Deaths involving illicitly manufactured fentanyls (IMFs) increased 182%. Approximately 90% of deaths involved opioids and 84% involved IMFs.
  • Counterfeit pills were present in nearly 25% of deaths.
  • Two thirds of decedents had one or more potential bystanders present, but most provided no overdose response.
  • Approximately 41% of decedents had evidence of mental health conditions or treatment.

Unfortunately, rappers like Juice WRLD’s life was cut short when he passed away on December 8, 2019, at the age of 21. After the sad public death, teens ask is it the music? Is it the culture?

Mecca & Daniel recording at Kenwood High School

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