Emergency department visits for drug-related suicide attempts among middle-aged adults aged 45-64

Date: 2014
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)

Information

Type:  Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Author:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Publisher:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This report focused on the 45 to 64 age group, which had the largest increase in emergency department visits involving drug related suicide attempts, and characterized these visits. The report found that the majority (96 percent in 2011) of these visits involved the non-medical use of prescription drugs and over-the-counter-medications. In 2011, these drugs included anti-anxiety and insomnia medications (48 percent), pain relievers (29 percent) and antidepressants (22 percent).

Populations:  Adults Ages 26 to 55 Years, Older Adults, Attempt Survivors and People with Lived Experience
Settings:  Emergency Departments
About Suicide:  Attempts, Data and Statistics, Substance Abuse