Health officials in southwest Missouri say it is a disturbing trend... more people are committing suicide by overdosing on prescription drugs. Jasper County, Missouri's coroner says the fatal overdose rate has doubled this year.
Health officials say most suicides are done by those with an undiagnosed or diagnosed form of depression.
Now, a mother's loss has turned into a battle to save others.
In February, Patty Wald lost her 19 year old son, David. Patty says David abused prescription drugs for his depression and she hopes more people keep better tabs on their friends and family.
"We need more treatment centers because I don't think people choose to be like this," Patty says. "They don't want to be sick. They don't want to destroy their lives. But it's a disease and it's really hard to beat it. But possible."
To learn how you can get help contact the Ozark Crisis Center Hotline (available 24 hours a day): 1-800-247-0661.