WASHINGTON – More school-aged kids and young adults are poisoning themselves in suicide attempts; a trend that experts behind the research say is alarming.
According to data published in the Journal Pediatrics, between 2000 and 2018, 1.6 million cases of intentional self-poisoning were called in to poison control centers.
Seventy one percent of those calls were made by females between 10 and 24 years old.
More than 340,000 of those resulted in symptoms that were non-life-threatening but required treatment. Experts say the key to stopping this epidemic is communication.
Parents and loved ones need to be encouraging open communication with their children, and if they need to go a step further, seeking help from a professional.
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