Opioids kill more children, teens: Study

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New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Even as more countries are progressing to legalize Marijuana, a new study claims that opioid abuse has resulted in the deaths of huge number of children. According to a recent study, consumption of opioid took life of nearly 9000 children between 1999 and 2016. Published in journal JAMA Network Open, the findings say that during the 18-year period, the mortality rate due to opioid poisonings almost tripled. Of the 8,986 children who died from opioid abuse over the 18-year period, 6,567 were male and 7,921 were adolescents ranging in age from 15 to 19. Among the 15 to 19-year-olds, 3,050 deaths also involved one or more other substances, such as benzodiazepines, cocaine, alcohol or antidepressants.

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