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Suicide Cases In Young Women Using Poison On Rise, Study Reveals

Committing suicide has been considered as cowardice by many. Despite that, the number of young people committing suicide by poison has almost doubled in the last 10 years itself with the number of young women succumbing to it almost becoming three times than before.

The data was collected by the researchers based in Ohio by basically recording the number of times phone calls were made to the poison centers in the US for self-poisoning over a 19 years period, between 2000 and 2018. Children aged between 10 and 24 were the main demography of the study. The number stood at a staggering 1.6 million cases out of which 1.16 million was recorded in girls and women itself. The results were published in the Journal of Pediatrics. On further analysis, it was found that the situation till 2010 was still under control, with the numbers even decreasing in 2011 but after that, the number of cases skyrocketed.

To get a proper perspective of the situation, girls who were between 10 to 12 years of age saw an increase of almost 338% between 2011 and 2018. It was 75% for girls aged between 13 and 15 years. The rise in the number in boys was significantly lesser than that of girls. Other than the suicide attempts by poison, another important area of analysis is the number of people who actually required immediate attention. The number increased for that as well.

It is being surmised that women are under more societal pressure and expectations which might drive them to suicides more often. A genetic predisposition and the hormones in females may also have a role to play. Moreover, the number of cases of poisoning has increased significantly mainly because the source of the poison is the household items itself which are easily available. Increased pressure on kids might also be a reason, according to some. The situation is definitely becoming worse by the day and the necessary steps should be taken to curb the situation.