Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse, such as underage drinking, alcohol dependency and non-medical use of prescription drugs, as well as the use of illegal drugs.

A research letter released by the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this year showed an alarming spike in teen overdose deaths between 2020 and 2021. Even though rates were stable and low for decades, it seems that young people, ages 14-18 have been most affected by this new trend, with overdose death rates doubling between 2019 and 2020 and rising another 20% in the first half of 2021.

A recent study by Monitoring the Future (MTF), an annual drug use survey of eighth, 10th and 12th-grade students conducted by scientists at Ann Arbor's University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research showed similar trends in marijuana and hallucinogens. Over the past year, their use reported by young adults 19 to 30 years old increased significantly in 2021 compared to five and ten years ago, reaching historic highs in this age …

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