Unintentional poisoning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death among 15-24 year olds according to the CDC. Many of these unintentional poisonings are connected to prescription drugs. Among teens 15-19 years old, the death rate has almost doubled from 2000-2009. Prescription drug overdoses have played a part in that increase.
EDC President Luther Luedtke has announced that Bradley Karlin, PhD, will join EDC as chief, mental health and aging, in its Health and Human Development division. The division focuses on improving mental, behavioral, physical, and social health across the continuum from health promotion to disease prevention, early intervention, treatment, and care.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, for which EDC serves as secretariat, released national priorities for preventing suicide.
A Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) released a first-of-its-kind national action plan, A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives, aimed at prioritizing suicide prevention research. A three-year intensive and collaborative effort by the Action Alliance’s Research Prioritization Task Force (RPTF), the Prioritized Research Agenda is a call to action to the suicide prevention field to align efforts and more directly prevent suicide attempts and save lives.