• Every day, more than 115 people in the US die after overdosing on opioids, including prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.
  • The Midwestern region saw opioid overdoses increase 70 percent from July 2016 through September 2017.   – National Institute on Drug Abuse


  • On average, there are 123 suicides per day.
  • White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2016.
  • Firearms account for 51% of all suicides in 2016.            -American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


  • “The rate of suicidal thoughts or attempts varied by season; the fewest occurred during summer (June through August) and the highest during spring (March through May) and fall (September through November). October accounted for nearly twice as many encounters as reported in July.” – AARP studied reported in CentralPennParent.com (May 2018)


  • The number of kids hospitalized for thinking about or attempting suicide doubled in less than a decade.  – Pediatrics, (May 2018)


  • Teenagers dying by suicide is on the rise. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2018)


“Why youth suicide rates are creeping up is harder to suss out. It may have something to do with climbing rates of depression and loneliness among young people, or that pediatricians are increasingly referring children with mental health issues to specialists or hospitals. The prevalence of social media may also play a part, Dr. Gregory Plemmons, an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the new study’s first author, told NBC News.”  – Time, (May 2018)


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