‘One pill can kill’: Drug overdoses among TN kids increased over 100% from 2020 to 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — One pill can be much more deadly than it used to be, and the impact is becoming apparent to officials as the death toll among adolescents continues to climb.

The recent death of a Nashville girl who was not even two years old yet is among the “alarming” trend of adolescents dying from drug overdoses, with one common culprit: fentanyl.

According to the latest nationwide data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths among adolescents ages 10 to 19 increased 109% from 2019 to 2021, while adolescent deaths involving illicit fentanyl increased 182%.

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