Year: 1983 Source: Journal of School Health, v.53, no.7, (September 1983), p.435-436 SIEC No: 19850052

The paper presents a secondary analysis of students treated in hospital emergency rooms. The comparison of data provided in 1974 & 1980 data reveals a significant increase in the abuse of alcohol with drugs, methaqualone & marijuana. 50% of these students ingested drugs to commit suicide or as a suicide gesture. These data suggest that school health professionals & counselors be alerted to student drug overdoses to assist students confronted with suicidal ideation.