Suicide and Opioids


This graph represents age-adjusted death rates over a 17-year period. Suicide and unintentional drug poisonings have seen sustained increases that are not seen in other injury-related causes of death.



This pie chart illustrates means of suicide deaths by various methods. Poisonings accounted for 14% of suicide deaths in 2017. The accompanying bar graph illustrates the contribution of various substances to poisoning suicides. As the graph shows, anesthetics and narcotics account for nearly 60% of poisoning deaths.


Serious Thoughts of Suicide and Pain Reliever Abuse in Adults


This bar graph illustrates the percentage of 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, it’s evident that they are at higher risk for suicidal thoughts – and this pattern has held true every year for the past several years.


PowerPoint Icon ImageThe charts and graphs in this section are also available as a PowerPoint slide set. Feel free to use this slide set to deliver a presentation about the scope of the suicide problem.