Crisis: Convenience Stores Fueling Youth Addiction with Unregulated Substances

JACKSON, Miss. – The nation is grappling with a surge in overdose deaths and substance use disorders, marked by a record-breaking number of fatalities between May 2022 and May 2023. According to the CDC, over 112,000 overdose deaths occurred during this period. Efforts to address this crisis have focused largely on combating substances like fentanyl and xylazine. However, there is another crisis quietly taking root in convenience stores across the country, specifically targeting the youth …

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