From UPI comes this story on alarming spikes in intentional youth overdoses between 2019 and 2021:
“The number of kids who attempted suicide using over-the-counter or easily accessible medications is up sharply, a new study shows.
“This research spotlights a pediatric mental health crisis, said researchers from the University of Virginia Health System, who reviewed data on reported suicide attempts that were reported to the National Poison Data System in 2021. . . .
“Suspected suicide attempts by poisoning in 10- to 19-year-olds that were reported to poison centers increased by 30% in 2021.
“Among the younger kids in that age group, those ages 10 to 12, suicide attempts were up 73% compared to 2019. In 13- to 15-year-olds, the rate of suspected suicide attempts by poisoning increased 48.8%.”
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