Home - Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR): "Adolescent Suicide Rate, Not Due To Black Box Warnings
Prompted by psychiatrists with their own vested interests in pharmaceutical sales, the media has spun the blame for the rise in the suicide rate for children on the “black box” warning labels placed on antidepressants. This comes from a study that was conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)—one of the components of the Department of Health and Human Services, which prevents and controls infectious and chronic diseases. When citing statistics for the causes of death for children, the study, “Annual Summary of Vital Statistics: 2005,” published in the February issue of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, claimed that, “A significant increase was registered only for suicide (18.2%).” The population of people the study was referring to are children aged 1-19 for the years 2003-2004.1 The study was on vital statistics, such as birth rates and infant mortality. It was not a psychiatric study and the researchers and scientists do not have a connection with mental health issues.
Media Message: “Child and teen suicide rates rose for the first time in more than a decade in 2004—and many psychological experts said the stronger warning labels that led to a drop in the number of prescriptions for antidepressants may be to blame."