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.
Urban residents of Connecticut were more likely to be admitted to treatment programs funded or operated by the state’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services even though rural areas had the highest rate of opioid-related overdose deaths.
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.