Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Substance Abuse Linked to Suicide Risk

The latest study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration clearly links substance abuse with suicide.  Their overall numbers are that 32,000 suicides occur in the United States each year, but among people with a substance abuse disorder, 11% had considered suicide compared to 3% for people without such disorders.  This year, there was another important twist in the study.  In the past, the only people asked about suicide were those suffering from depression.  But according to this new report, a wide variety of people with and without depression were asked.  The other high-risk group included people between 18 and 25.  It’s very important when we talk about substance abuse, we understand that there are high-risk groups and groups that really cannot be ignored. 

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