Blake Fussell, a contributor to Christian Post, wrote this article about the crisis of teen suicide in America. Here's an excerpt. You can read the full article at the Christian Post website by clicking the button below.
"Suicide and drug overdoses are killing more young people than COVID-19 as the two pre-existing epidemics have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield warns.
"In an interview with the Buck Institute for Research on Aging earlier this month, Redfield laid out that suicide and drug overdose have claimed more young lives during the pandemic than COVID-19, a disease that has been attributed to thousands of deaths nationwide this year.
"'We're seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID,' Redfield explained. 'We're seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose that are above the excess that we had as background than we are seeing the deaths from COVID.'
"A June survey from The Addiction Policy Forum reported a 20% increase in substance abuse with 34% of respondents experiencing a change in their treatment and recovery due to the pandemic."