Year: 1991 Source: Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, v.3, no.3, (September 1991), p.223-231 SIEC No: 19920273

Data were collected on 177 consecutive cases of drug overdoses evaluated in an emergency department over a 3-month period. 66% of the subjects admitted that they were trying to either kill or harm themselves while 18% stated that their intent was to get high. Although the short-term recidivism rate was low, the escalating trend towards suicide & drug overdoses in adolescents & young adults demands careful assessment in the emergency department. (25 refs.)