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New challenges, new solutions [Commentary]
America has crossed a few ominous thresholds that should give us pause. For one, poisonings are killing more people than car crashes in the United States, making them the leading cause of accidental death in the country for the first time. The vast majority of those deaths are from legal, prescription drugs. Second, more children report having been tormented and harassed online than in "real-life"; 43 percent of kids claim to be victims of such cyber-bullying. According to Yale University, victims of bullying are nearly 10 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. While these issues are of course widely disparate, they both share the dark side to modernity and innovation: the easy availability of cheap, legal drugs and free, open information has led to deadly abuse.
By Sharon Sloane
March 31, 2014