Teens Often Make Use of OTC Drugs in Suicide Attempts, Study Finds

by Stephen Riddle
Teens Often Make Use of OTC Drugs in Suicide Attempts, Study Finds

Working parents sometimes fail to spend quality time with their kids. Many times, kids face a depression problem. After a particular stretch, they fed up with the lifestyle and loneliness and eventually commit suicide. For doing the same, they often use medicines which are easily available over-the-counter. New research has found there is a rapid rise in suicide attempts among teens and youngsters in rural communities. Mostly, students studying in the higher academic year are self-poisoning by common drugs present in the medicine cabinet of many homes.

The trial, published in Clinical Toxicology, includes the participation of the Central Ohio Poison Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Besides, it broadens previous research that had estimated the rate and results from intentional suspected-suicide self-poisoning. The previous study included children and youngsters having age between 10 to 24 years from 2000-2018. As per U.S. poison centers, in an around two-decade time frame, the study had discovered more than 1.3 billion voluntary cases in youngsters. Notably, the study revealed more number of incidents happen with females (71%) along with 92% inclusion of a medicinal drug.

The Director of Nationwide Children’s Central Ohio Poison Center Henry Spiller is a co-author of the study. She said while most of the cases involved pharmaceuticals, with teenagers, any available drug can be a possible danger. As per the expert, substance matter does not matter in this case; what matters is access to the substance. Henry said any medication could be exploited and abused in many ways, which may result in dire outcomes, including death.

The study has found OTC (over-the-counter) medicines most common across all age groups. Notably, those dangerous drugs are ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin. Even more, the list includes antidepressants. Apart from this, researchers have found ADHD medicines common on teenagers and youth between 10-15 years old, along with the higher risk of severe medical impacts. Even more, the research has discovered regions with a minimal population per square mile had a higher number of reported cases, including severe therapeutic effects. All in all, there is a need to have more connections. It is because a feeling of loneliness increases the sense of stress along with the risk of suicide.

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