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Youth Suicides Up

The a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16996417/wid/11915773?GT1=9033″rate of youth suicides is up /aand it is possible that the reduction of antidepressant drugs is to blame:br /br /blockquoteNew government figures show a surprising increase in youth suicides after a decade of decline, and some mental health experts think a drop in use of antidepressant drugs may be to blame.br /br /The suicide rate climbed 18 percent from 2003 to 2004 for Americans under age 20, from 1,737 deaths to 1,985. Most suicides occurred in older teens, according to the data — the most current to date from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention./blockquotebr /br /What I find disturbing is that suicide statistics don’t become available to the public often for two or three years. Is suicide that unimportant?