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Drug overdose is a major health problem that affects millions of individuals each year. It occurs when an individual takes more drugs than the body can handle, leading to serious harm or even death. Drug overdoses have been increasing steadily over the past few years, with opioids being one of the most commonly used substances associated with them. The population selected for this discussion are adolescents and young adults aged 15-24. This age group has seen a significant increase in drug overdose deaths since 1999, due to factors such as increased access to prescription drugs and opioid use disorder among their peers. Furthermore, it is estimated that between 11-28 percent of individuals within this age range have engaged in non-medical use of prescription drugs at least once during their lifetime. In order to address this issue specific strategies must be implemented such as providing education on the dangers of drug abuse, developing effective treatment plans for opioid use disorder and substance abuse prevention initiatives targeting adolescents and young adults specifically.