Children whose parents have opioid recipes have the double risk of committing suicide, studies finds
- Both opioid abuse and suicides among young people are on the rise in the US.
- In the last decade, suicide attempts among young people and teenagers have increased by 25 percent
- For girls, self-poisoning, often with pills, is the most common method
- Research from University of Chicago Medical Center found that 0.14 percent of children whose parents did not use opioids wanted to commit suicide between 2010 and 2016
- But the percentage doubled that – 0.36 percent – in children whose parents have prescriptions for the powerful pain killers
Children whose parents have opioids run the risk of committing suicide twice, a new study reveals.
High rates of suicide among young people and opioid abuse of all ages are teasing the US.
And access to lethal drugs is considered a top risk factor for suicide attempts and deliveries.
Although the term & # 39; means deadly & # 39; is often used to refer to firearms in the home, the new research from the University of Chicago Medical Center shows that a prescription for powerful drugs can also be a danger to children.
If their parents have prescription opioids at home, teenagers are twice as likely to commit suicide, a new study shows
In the last decade, the number of children and teenagers considering suicide has increased by 25 percent and the percentage of 15-19 year olds who commit suicide has increased by 33 percent.
Families that have lost children to suicides and public health officials have made it clear that it is of the utmost importance for parents and teachers to do everything possible to limit the risks that children will injure themselves, and instead get help to get.
But the signs that someone is suicidal – especially among young people – can be elusive to say the least.
In many cases, the best parents can do is leave the door open for their children to talk about what they feel and try to make their homes the safest places possible.
And that means carefully monitoring their recipes.
Self-poisoning – often with medication – is the most common method for suicide attempts chosen by women and girls.
Suicide attempts have always been more common in girls than in boys, but in recent years the gap in suicide deaths between the two sexes of young people has been closed.
Researchers say that the rates of young female suicides are at the expense of boys', because they choose more lethal drugs – such as asphyxiation, hanging weapons and guns – but poisoning, often with pills, remains the most common method.
And they can prove deadly to girls and boys.
Because children are rarely prescribed opioids themselves, the researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center wondered whether access to the drugs through their parents could be a predictive factor in committing suicide attempts.
They analyzed data on more than 332,500 children in the US and distributed them by whose parents had opioid prescriptions or not.
More children – 184,142 – had parents who do use opioids, who can puncture the nervous system and breathe if they are taken in excess.
Only 212 or 0.14 percent of children whose parents did not use opioids tried to commit suicide between 2010 and 2016.
The number of suicide attempts was double that of the parents whose parents did have an opioid prescription.
Among those children, 678 or 0.37 percent tried to commit suicide in the same period.
That one factor – parental opioid use – was predictive of the risk of suicide attempts, regardless of the gender of children, and whether they or their parents had a history of depression, drug abuse or previous suicide attempt.
& # 39; The epidemics of adult opiate abuse and suicidal behavior in children appear to be interrelated, and the worrying rising trends in opiate and child suicide mortality may have common causes & # 39 ;, said co-author Dr David Brent, professor of UCMC psychiatry.
- For confidential support in the United Kingdom call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritan branch, see www.samaritans.org for details.
- For confidential support in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255
- For confidential support in Australia call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14
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