In the March 2017 issue of the American Journal of Public Health an article by Drs. Jennifer Brennan Braden, Mark J. Edlund, and Mark D. Sullivan was published looking at the trends around suicides where opioid poisoning was listed as a contributing factor from 1999 - 2014. They found that the age-adjusted rate increased from 0.3 per 100,000 population in 1999 to 0.7 per 100,000 population in 2009 and has stayed consistent until 2014.
The researchers also found that there was an increase of opioid poisoning as contributing factor in suicide deaths from 2.2% of all suicides in 1999 to 4.4% of all suicides in 2010. Opioid poisoning as means of suicide have doubled since 1999. The authors conclude that health care providers should be made aware, and should assess the suicidality of the patients they care for who are prescribed opioids.
Suicide Prevention Coalition of Garfield County