Suicide and Opioids

Selected Injury-Related Death Rates, United States 2004-2018

 

This graph represents age-adjusted death rates over a 15-year period. Suicide and unintentional drug poisonings have generally seen sustained increases that are not seen in other injury-related causes of death, although in 2018, the age-adjusted rate of unintentional poisonings decreased, while the age-adjusted rate of suicide increased.1

 

Suicide Deaths by Method, United States 2018

 

This pie chart illustrates means of suicide deaths by various methods. Poisonings accounted for 13% of suicide deaths in 2018.  The accompanying bar graph illustrates the contribution of various substances to poisoning suicides. As the graph shows, sedatives and narcotics are contributors in over a quarter of poisoning deaths.1

 

Serious Thoughts of Suicide and Pain Reliever Abuse, Adults (18+)

 

This bar graph includes adults (18+) who reported serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. When adults with past-year pain reliever abuse (including opioids) are compared with the general population, they are at higher risk for suicidal thoughts – and this pattern has held true every year for the past several years.2

 

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. (2020). 1999-2018 Wide Ranging Online Data for Epidemiological Research (WONDER), Multiple Cause of Death files [Data file]. Retrieved from http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html
  2. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2019). 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2018-nsduh-detailed-tables

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