Making It Easier For Kids To Get Help For Addiction, And Prevent Overdoses : Consider This from NPR The U.S. is in the midst of a drug crisis, with opioid overdose deaths climbing to epidemic proportions.

And overdose deaths among young people, between the ages of 10 and 19, have been on the rise with sharp increases in recent years.

Across the country, cities and states are looking for strategies to help kids survive the opioid crisis.

At a school in Virginia, students are learning how to obtain and use the lifesaving overdose reversal nasal spray Narcan that was recently made available for sale over the counter.

And in California, where fentanyl is the cause of 1 in 5 deaths among youths, a pending bill could allow younger teens to seek drug treatment without parental consent.

Making It Easier For Kids To Get Help For Addiction, And Prevent Overdoses

Making It Easier For Kids To Get Help For Addiction, And Prevent Overdoses

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In the U.S. more than 106,000 people died from a drug overdose in 2021 - from both prescription opioids and illegal drugs Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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In the U.S. more than 106,000 people died from a drug overdose in 2021 - from both prescription opioids and illegal drugs

Patrick Semansky/AP

The U.S. is in the midst of a drug crisis, with opioid overdose deaths climbing to epidemic proportions.

And overdose deaths among young people, between the ages of 10 and 19, have been on the rise with sharp increases in recent years.

Across the country, cities and states are looking for strategies to help kids survive the opioid crisis.

At a school in Virginia, students are learning how to obtain and use the lifesaving overdose reversal nasal spray Narcan that was recently made available for sale over the counter.

And in California, where fentanyl is the cause of 1 in 5 deaths among youths, a pending bill could allow younger teens to seek drug treatment without parental consent.

This episode was produced by Brianna Scott. It was edited by Jeanette Woods. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.