NC Policy Watch – A closer look at the mounting toll of fentanyl on the nation’s youth

The article discusses the rising number of deaths among young people due to fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid. According to the article by NC Policy Watch, the number of fentanyl-related deaths among people aged 25 and under has increased by nearly 500% over the past five years, and the drug is now the leading cause of overdose deaths among young people. The article notes that the opioid epidemic has disproportionately affected young people, with those in rural areas and lower-income communities at particularly high risk. The article also highlights the need for more effective prevention and treatment programs to address the crisis.

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