Teenage Suicide Rates Disturbing - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/2/08

Teenage Suicide Rates Disturbing

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This week, the Journal of the American Medical Association has alarming news about teens and suicide.  For 10-years, teen suicide rates were going down. Then, in 2004, not only did the trend reverse but also it spiked and now continues to go up. Today, 100-teenagers commit suicide in the U.S. every week. 

Jeffrey Bridge, of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, says, "What we see is more than 600-suicide deaths in 2004 and 2005 than we would have expected based on the historical trend.  And that is cause for concern".

Ironically, 2004 was the same year the FDA put a black box warning on anti-depressants warning that the drugs could push teens to suicidal thoughts.  As a result, prescriptions dropped by as much as 20%- prompting concerns that some depressed kids who needed those drugs were not getting them. 

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