Treating America’s Addicted Youth

U.S. News - Courtney Locker was 12 years old when she started abusing prescription pills. By age 14, she was addicted to heroin.

Her drug use wasn't addressed until a couple of years later when her mother, Tracey Cavacino, sent her to a Utah ranch for at-risk teens. Tracy had enrolled her daughter at Turn-About Ranch to treat her anxiety and depression; she was not aware her daughter was addicted to heroin.

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‘The Numbers Are So Staggering.’ Overdose Deaths Set a Record Last Year.

NY Times - A class of synthetic drugs has replaced heroin in many major American drug markets, ushering in a more deadly phase of the opioid epidemic.

New numbers Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, a record. Overdose deaths are higher than deaths from H.I.V., car crashes or gun violence at their peaks. The data also show that the increased deaths correspond strongly with the use of synthetic opioids known as fentanyls.

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