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CNN News April 12, 2022

Teen overdose deaths are rapidly rising -- but not because more of them are using drugs

Despite a low in teen drug use, overdose deaths in adolescents are on the rise, according to a new study. Experts say counterfeit prescription pills are in part to blame, and that neither families nor the teens taking them know the risks the pills pose.

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