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More young people are attempting suicide by overdose, a new study found

A new study that shows adolescents are attempting suicide by overdose at increasing rates is further evidence that the pervasive public health problem needs more conversation and money, experts say.

In the report, published recently in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and the Central Ohio Poison Center found medication overdose suicide attempts have more than doubled since 2000, and more than tripled for girls.

"I think this all adds up to an opportunity to educate and build awareness and find out what solutions are out there for this," said John Ackerman,

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