By Cara Murez
FRIDAY, April 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) — The number of kids who attempted suicide using over-the-counter or easily accessible medications is up sharply, a new study shows.
This research spotlights a pediatric mental health crisis, said researchers from the University of Virginia Health System, who reviewed data on reported suicide attempts that were reported to the National Poison Data System in 2021.
“This significant increase in suicide attempts during the pandemic surprised us,” said Dr. Christopher Holstege, medical director of the Blue Ridge Poison Center at UVA Health. “We are alarmed at the dramatic increase in suicide attempts in…