Pediatric primary care could be key to solving teen opioid crisis

From the AMA website,

A new primary care pediatric practice model designed to treat teens with substance-use disorder is showing promise, even as a disturbing new federal report finds that drug-overdose deaths increased in 2015 among U.S. adolescents aged 15–19.

The opioid-related drug-overdose death rate of 15- to 19-year-olds rose from 0.8 per 100,000 in 1999 to 2.7 in 2007. Then the rate fell to 2.0 between 2012 and 2014 before rising to 2.4 by 2015, said a data brief recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

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