More than one-fourth of opioid poisonings involve children and teens, and they have become increasingly severe in recent years, according to new research.
One-fifth of opioid poisonings among children and teens were likely suicide attempts, Emory University researchers reported at the Society for Critical Care Medicine annual meeting. They analyzed almost 754,000 opioid poisoning cases between 2005 and 2018 that were reported to the U.S. National Poison Data System. Nearly 208,000 cases involved children 18 or younger, HealthDay reports.
During the study period, the proportion of children and teens with suspected suicide due to an opioid poisoning increased from just under 14% to more than 21%.