YOUNG teen girls in Britain are poisoning themselves with painkillers and booze, a study shows.
It found a steep rise in cases involving paracetamol among 10-15 year old girls.
Parents have been told they should be aware that common antibiotics are frequently used as self harm, not just alcohol (stock image)[/caption]
Alcohol-related harm also rose among girls aged 19 to 24.
Scientists from Nottingham University issued a warning to parents after analysing 40,000 poisoning cases over a 16-year period.
In a report in the British Journal of General Practice they said: “Parents need to recognise that substances often found in domestic medicine cupboards are frequently used for self-harm.
“They commonly include over-the-counter medications that may be easily accessible within households or which young people may buy themselves.”
In many cases teenage girls poisoned themselves with antidepressants[/caption]
Most cases involved paracetamol, anti-inflammatory painkillers often used for back pain or arthritis and even potent opioids – often used to treat cancer pain.
Some teens poisoned themselves with antidepressants.
Alcohol related harm of teenage girls has risen between the ages of 19 to 24[/caption]
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Researchers said: “Between 1998 and 2014, there was a five-fold increase in opioid poisonings among 10–24-year-olds, and a three- to fourfold increase in antidepressant poisonings.”
Kids from poor backgrounds were most at risk, researchers said.
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