HEALTH

Preteen suicide attempts by drug overdose on the rise in New Jersey

BY Raven Santana, Correspondent |

New data from the New Jersey Poison Control Center shows preteen suicide attempts have risen at an alarming rate. Since January 2018, 100 New Jersey preteens have attempted suicide by drug overdose.

The data also indicates that almost 80% of preteens who attempted suicide were females.

The president and CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies Dr. Debra Wentz said that’s because girls are subjected to a different type of bullying than boys.

Because New Jersey law does not require hospitals or health care facilities to report drug overdoses to the poison center, the numbers likely captured only part of the picture, according to experts.

Wentz said suicide attempts should be taken seriously and not dismissed as a call for attention, and urges parents to get their child professional help if they are considering suicide.