The JAMA study also found that the overall combined death rate among children and teens from prescription and illegally-manufactured opiates such as fentanyl increased 268% (from 0.22 per 100,000 in 1999 to 0.81 per 100,000 in 2016).
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For the study, researchers evaluated data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to calculate the number of deaths from prescription and illegal opioids since 1999, with deaths identified based on ICD-10 codes.
They found that a total of 8,986 youth died from opioid overdoses during that time, with 7,921 (88%) deaths in teens aged 15-19, 605 (6.7%) involving children aged 0-4, and 364 (4.1%) in children aged 10-14. The vast majority of deaths were in non-Hispanic white children (79.9%) and in boys (73.1%).
The results also indicated that in teenagers between the ages of 15-19, heroin was the cause for 23% of deaths. From 1999-2016, the rate of fatal heroin overdoses soared by 404%, while the rate of deaths from prescription opioids in this demographic increased by 94%. Meanwhile, synthetic opioids produced an increased mortality rate of 2,925% in this age group.
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