Almost three dozen teens have died in Connecticut from opioid-related overdoses since 2012. Out of about 2,600 deaths in the state, 33 were of teenagers (or about 1.3 percent). Ages ranged from 14 to 19, and the figures have been climbing since 2013 after falling from ten in 2012.
Questions have been raised about whether the attention paid to the rise in opioid deaths is related to its disproportionate impact on whites. In Connecticut, that racial disparity is real and growing.
On average, two people die of a drug overdose every day in Connecticut. In a series of stories all this week, TrendCT uses data to better understand the state’s intractable drug-overdose problem.
Opioid pills and heroin are making a lethal comeback among young adults in Connecticut communities. Between 2012 and September 2015, the average age of death in Connecticut for those with heroin in their system was 38, while for cocaine the average age was 43.