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“Our children are our country’s future, and we as a society need to recognize when they are in trouble. Our investments now as a society will be paid back handsomely when our children grow up to be healthy, productive adults.”

Weiser furthered his statement by stating “prevention services are key.”

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Dr. Tina Cheng, director of the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, echoed Weiser’s sentiments and concerns regarding the rise in teen death in America. She referred to the new study as a “wake-up call,” stating that every American should be paying close “attention to the health and well being of our children.”

It is difficult to determine an exact reason for the significant rise in statistics. Some experts, Cheng included, have surmised that “social media and cyberbullying” may have something to do with it. Others have suggested that the growing inequality in family income may cause undue stress upon our youth.