Drug-related suicide attempts on the rise

Spikes noted among young and middle-age adults.

Drug-related suicide attempts on the rise
Drug-related suicide attempts on the rise

HealthDay News -- Drug-related suicide attempts increased over a recent six-year period, with dramatic increases seen among young and middle-aged adults, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Suicide attempts involving prescription medications and other drugs jumped by 51% among people aged 12 years and older between 2005 and 2011, reported the agency.

The most significant increases in emergency department visits for drug-related suicide attempts, occurred among adults younger than 30 years, which is up 58% over the six years studied, and people aged 45 to 64 years, who experienced a 104% spike in drug-related suicide attempts.

If you believe a patient may be a suicide risk, SAMSHA suggests these resources:

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