Toxicology Testing and Results for Suicide Victims
In 2003, 31,484 suicides occurred in the United States, and suicide was the fourth leading cause of death among persons aged 10--64 years and the second and third leading causes of death among persons aged 25--34 and 10--24 years. To assess the contribution of substance use to suicide, CDC analyzed test results of suicide victims in 13 states. Findings indicated that 33.3% of the victims tested positive for alcohol, and 16.4% were positive for opiates (heroin or prescription pain medications). Created: 11/24/2007 by MMWR.
Date Released: 1/26/2007. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
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Toxicology Testing and Results for Suicide Victims – 13 States, 2004
January 26, 2007
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In 2004, over thirty two thousand people committed suicide. Suicide affects
everyone. Friends and family of the victim often have feelings of anger, guilt,
depression. Drug and alcohol abuse can put a person at risk of committing or
attempting suicide. In a recent report, CDC researchers found that many suicide
victims had been drinking. Alcohol was found in over one-third of suicide victims
who were tested for alcohol and drugs. Opiates – typically heroin or prescription
pain killers – were found in one out of every six. Cocaine and marijuana
found in fewer than one in ten suicide victims.
Other risk factors for suicide include a previous suicide attempt, history
depression, feelings of loneliness and hopelessness, and access to a weapon.
If you or a friend or family member needs help, call the National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
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