Teenagers: Suicide attempts with drugs are on the rise

It was the Tox Info Suisse foundation that recorded a very significant increase in suicide attempts among teenagers . It seems that the number has doubled especially among the under 15s . In the first three months of 2021, the consultations associated with suicide attempts made to the emergency number 145 grew by 70%. This data is confirmed by making a comparison with 2016-2020.

For Tox Info, young people often use painkillers that are readily available in pharmacies such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. Paracetamol intoxications are carriers of liver failure if not treated. It is advisable to make frequent hospitalization. Social contacts due to the Coronavirus have greatly decreased. A fact that has weighed on children and adolescents . The suicide attempts only occurred in the autumn of 2020 and not in the spring of the same year, during the first confinement in the house. In short, there were 39,584 telephone consultations in total, 100 calls a day. According to Tox Info Suisse, the number of visits to the site has increased by a third.

79% of the intoxications are of an accidental type relating to children under the age of five. In 2021, the foundation recorded 260 serious poisonings and 13 deaths, all adults. In most cases it was drugs or drugs , but in one case a plant was fatal.

  • Suicide attempts with drugs increase among adolescents (laregione.ch)

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