CHA News Article

ED Visits Increasing for Drug-Related Suicide Attempts

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released two new reports that reveal a rise in drug-related suicide attempt visits to emergency departments (EDs) between 2005 and 2011, particularly among certain age groups. The findings show a 51 percent increase for these types of visits in people aged 12 and older, totaling more than 228,000 visits in 2011. Adults aged 45-64 experienced a 104 percent increase in visits – from 28,802 in 2005 to nearly 59,000 in 2011 – signaling “the importance of increasing awareness for suicide risk factors and improving potential suicide prevention strategies and interventions among this population.”

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