Tuesday, October 9, 2012

More Suicides From Pharmaceutical Drugs Than Car Crashes

New Research from the American Journal of Public Health indicates that suicides now surpass car crashes as the leading cause of deaths from injuries. Children and teens commit suicide more and more often and pharmaceutical drugs are commonly found in their system. The suicide rate increased 15% from 2000 to 2009, according to the report, while car crashes have dropped 25% over the same time period. More interest has been paid to vehicle safety, while little to no interest has been paid to the harm pharmaceutical drugs effects on developing children. According to the report poisonings are the third leading cause of injury related deaths. They have increased by 128% over the 10 year period. This is primarily because of prescription drug overdoses.

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