It is risky to misuse prescription medications or obtain medications that are not provided by a doctor or other medical professional. This is a main cause of preventable overdoses.
In 2020, more than 16.1 million people age 12+ misused prescription drugs—25% of them were young people between the ages of 12-25.
Teens and young adults who misuse medications face higher risks from counterfeit drugs. Many of these counterfeit drugs contain
harmful substances like fentanyl or methamphetamine and are the cause of many overdoses.