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U.S. Hospitals See Big Rise in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts
Date:8/7/2014

p>Analyzing ER visits by age, the SAMHSA researchers found the following:

  • Treatment of 18- to 29-year-olds for drug-related suicide attempts rose from about 47,500 in 2005 to roughly 75,000 in 2011.
  • Among people aged 45 to 64, these ER visits increased from about 28,800 to almost 58,800 in those years. Suicide attempts involving drugs doubled for both men and women in this age group, the researchers note.
  • Overall, there were 228,277 drug-related suicide attempts in 2011, according to the agency.

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For more on suicide, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Peter Delany, Ph.D., director, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Sampson Davis, M.D., emergency room physician, Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, Secaucus, N.J.; Eric Collins, M.D., addiction psychiatrist, physician-in-chief, Silver Hill Hospital, New Canaan, Conn.; Aug. 7, 2014, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports


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