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After tempting fate many times, an Austin teen hopes to use her story of recovery to help others

Gabi, 16, is in recovery. She's joining medical experts and first responders in efforts to reverse the deadly trends.

Jenni Lee

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Published: 7:01 AM CDT May 9, 2022
Updated: 11:10 PM CDT May 9, 2022

Drug-related overdoses and deaths are on the rise across the country, in Texas and right here in the Austin area.

Medical experts and law enforcement point to the same culprit: illegal fentanyl mixed with common street drugs. But the KVUE Defenders found something more alarming for parents: the number of pediatric overdoses among teenagers in the Austin area has skyrocketed in the past four months.