Alcohol, Substance Abuse and Suicide (pp. 101-109)
Authors: (Jacob Ruiz and Stephanie J Stockburger, Division of Adolescent Medicine and Young Parent programs, Kentucky Clinic, Department of Pediatrics, Kentucky Childrenís Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America)
Abstract: Suicide is a national public health issue and its two most significant risk factors, mental
illness and substance abuse disorders must be viewed in the same respect. The prevalence
of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in adolescents is high. Suicide is the second
leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24 and accounted for
5,178 deaths in this age group in 2012.
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