Reports Suggest Upturn In Hospital ED Visits Due To Drug-Related Suicide Attempts.

The CBS News (8/7, Blaszczak-Boxe) website reported that according to two reports released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “there has been a significant rise in drug-related suicide attempts in the past few years, with the most alarming increase among middle-aged people.” The reports found that “hospital emergency department visits involving drug-related suicide attempts in people ages 45 to 64 doubled between 2005 and 2011 – rising from 28,802 cases in 2005 to 58,775 in 2011.” In fact, there was an overall “51 percent increase in suicide-related visits to emergency departments among people age 12 and older – from 151,477 visits in 2005 to 228,277 visits in 2011,” the reports found.

Related Links:

— “Drug-related suicide attempts rise sharply,” Agata Blasczak-Boxe, CBS News, August 7, 2014.

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