March 27, 2023
Opioid/Substance Use Disorders | Tea Leaves
  • Teen overdose deaths have doubled in three years, an alarming trend amid a historic decline in drug and alcohol use among high school students. Many sources point to fentanyl as the leading cause of teen overdose death. Between 2010 and 2021, the number of adolescent deaths from black-market fentanyl and related synthetics rose more than twenty-fold, from 38 to 884, according to a 2022 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (Article here)
  • The U.S. is preparing to announce a deal with Mexico to counter fentanyl coming across the southern border, with Mexico cracking down on labs and smuggling while the U.S. does more to stop the flow of U.S. guns into Mexico. Mexican military and police, with the help of U.S. law enforcement, will focus on tracking raw materials for fentanyl being shipped to Mexico, finding and shutting down labs that make the deadly synthetic opioid, and going after key players in the illicit fentanyl trade. (Article here)