September 5th, 2008 By: Amanda Allen
One reason for the decline may be recent drug scares deterring teens from using antidepressants. Black box warnings from the FDA have lead to the decline of teens using antidepressants following reports of the drugs increasing suicidal tendencies.
While teen suicide rates are on the decline, experts say they're still disturbingly high. Mesa County's teen suicide rates have also steadlidly decreased, but experts say it's still to early to know why. Linwood says in some instances antidepressants can be more helpful than harmful. Supporters of the drugs say their benefits, including treating depression that can lead to suicide, outweigh their risks.