Experts Point To Horrifying Reason Behind Youth Suicide Surge

Among young individuals, suicide rates have reached their highest point since 1941. Their living circumstances have deteriorated as a result of the growing opioid pandemic.

The “reformulation” of prescription opioids like Oxycontin into more abuse-proof tablets boosted the use of illicit opioids like fentanyl and heroin, according to a team headed by David Powell of RAND Corp.

States with the most dramatic increase in the use of illegal opioids have also had the highest incidence of suicide among Americans under the age of 18. Research suggests this change has affected homes and society in several ways, but there are most likely other unforeseen impacts that have yet to be diagnosed and examined.

From 2011 to 2020, there was no discernible increase in drug overdoses among children and adolescents, which may indicate that the spike in suicides is due to changes in children’s living situations rather than an increase in drug addiction.

Since the worldwide epidemic cut short their formative years in high school and college, members of Generation Z, who are presently between the ages of eleven and twenty-six, entered adulthood at a perilous moment. Kids from all walks of life feel the pinch due to rising tuition and living expenses; they are also less hopeful that they will outperform their parents regarding financial or professional achievement.

Suicide is 37% more common among those residing in economically disadvantaged locations, indicating that financial instability is a significant factor in teen suicide. On the other hand, the trend encompasses young individuals who seem to be living the good life, whether it be in affluent neighborhoods or at universities. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a teen suicide rate four times the national average in Palo Alto, California.

Five students at Columbia University committed suicide in the first semester of 2017—a statistic that is indicative of the high suicide rate at colleges generally. As a result of parental and institutionalized messages that there is only one path to success, the pressures of achievement culture have the potential to become poisonous.