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In just over one year, 100 children between nine and 12 have attempted suicide by overdosing on drugs in New Jersey, the state's poison control center revealed Friday.
Self-poisonings - especially among girls - are on the rise across the country, a trend that has public health officials warning American parents to protect their pills.
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Since 2015, the number of such attempts has doubled in New Jersey, the poison control center said.
And 80 percent of those attempts were made by girls.
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'This trend should sound the alarms - we have young children attempting suicide by overdose at a rate which continues to increase,' said Dr Diane Calello, executive and medical director of the NJ Poison Control Center.
The Rutgers University based team reported that thee nine-year-olds, seven 10-year-olds, 22 11-year-olds and 68 12-year-olds attempted to poison themselves to death since the start of 2018.
New - Jersey - Phenomenon - US
It's not just a New Jersey phenomenon. It's happening across the US.
Over the last decade, suicide attempts have surged across the board, but the increases among young Americans has been particularly worrying.
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In the first few months of 2019 alone, 30 children 12 and under have attempted suicide by self-poisoning.
Poison control experts say that the most pressing issue to address is children's easy access to medications prescribed to adults.
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The New Jersey Poison Control Center is urging adults to take preventative measures to keep kids away from drugs.
'We now know that keeping medicines up high and out of reach is not enough to prevent adolescent suicide,' said Dr Bruce Ruck, managing director of the center.
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'Keeping medicines (prescription, over-the-counter, dietary, herbal, vitamins) locked up when not in use is a start.
Dr Ruck told Dailymail.com that in the last decade, there has been a shift in which children adults need to be looking out...
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