Adolescents and young adults lost more than 1.25M years of life to drug overdose deaths in a 4-year period, study finds


When someone young dies from a drug overdose, families not only mourn the loss of their loved one, but also the decades of life that go un-lived.

A recent study suggests families and friends may be mourning more than a million years of young life lost to overdose deaths in the last several years. 

Researchers at The Ohio State University found adolescents and teenagers, ages 10 to 19, cumulatively lost nearly 200,000 years of life due to unintentional drug overdoses from 2015 to 2019, according to the report published in JAMA Pediatrics.