Here are some startling facts about young people aged 12 through 24, suicide attempts, and prescription drug addiction and abuse.
- 8.8 percent of drug-related hospital emergency department visits made by kids aged 12 to 17 involved suicide attempts.
- The same is true of 6.3 percent of drug related ER visits for 18 to 24 year olds.
- 95.4 percent of those visits from 12 to 17 year olds involved prescription drugs.
- 92.8 percent of drug-related suicide attempts by 18 to 24 year olds also involved prescription drugs.
- Nearly 75 percent of the kids who went into the ER visits left with no arrangement to follow up on why they were trying to kill themselves.
When I was younger, you rarely heard of kids attempting suicide.
What prescription drugs were involved?
- Anti-anxiety drugs, sedatives and hypnotics – 27 percent
- Benzos – 16.7 percent
- Antidepressants – 17.6 percent
- Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors – 11.7 percent
- Antipsychotics – 12.9 percent
- Narcotic painkillers (e.g. OxyContin) – 11.4 percent
- Acetominophen products (like Aspirin) – 15.1 percent
- Ibuprofin products (like Tylenol) – 11.3 percent
- Anticonvulsants – 9.3 percent
Many of these drugs are readily prescribed by doctors who don’t even do anything to get to the bottom of the problems people are getting them for.
As you can see, these drugs are dangerous. Many of them are prescribed for the reasons one would attempt to commit suicide so, obviously, they either didn’t work, or they caused the desire to commit suicide.
Drugs – whether prescription drugs or otherwise – don’t get down to the bottom of the problems the person is having and help them with them. They just make things worse. So much worse, in fact, that some kids are trying to commit suicide.
Prescription drug addiction and abuse can also lead to taking other drugs that are equally dangerous.
If your kids are taking drugs, the best way to keep them safe is to get them off them with drug addiction rehabilitation. If you need help, contact us at 855-895-2090.
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If you’d like to know what really goes on at parties where kids bring drugs, here’s a glimpse of that world. I’m sure any parent witnessing something like this wouldn’t hesitate for a second to get their kid into drug rehab.
Australian researchers contacted party-goers who had taken MDMA (ecstasy) at least five times and got their permission to attend some parties.
While there, they measured the party goers’ blood levels of ecstasy every hour. Here’s what they discovered:
– Half of the ecstasy pills contained other drugs – e.g. methamphetamine or chemicals like MDEA and MDA, which are related to MDMA.
– Some “ecstasy” pills contained only other drugs – but no MDMA.
– The dosage in each pill varied – from 25 mg to 250 mg.
– Users blood levels of ecstasy (aka MDMA) increased every hour for the five hours they were tested. Despite this, users took the pills over and over again. Some took two pills, some as many as five.
– In some of those at the party, the amount of ecstasy in their blood reached levels that cause injury or death in primates.
– And last, but not least, the concentrations in some users’ blood was enough to cause brain damage.
Seven out of 100 twelfth graders admit to having taken ecstasy. Who knows how many didn’t want to fess up when they were asked. And what’s happening with the kids who are out of school.
One thing for sure, if your kid’s taking ecstasy, it’s a real crap shoot. Ecstasy has been associated with many injuries, and some deaths. Now that we have the above information, we know that the situation can get much worse. Do you think your kid takes ecstasy? Get them into a good drug rehab program.