Epidemiological evidence for the link between suicide and substance use, abuse and dependence

Gillian W. Smith*, Colette Corry, James E. Houston

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Suicidal behaviors remain prevalent globally; however, rates of suicide for those with substance abuse are in excess of those in the general population. This chapter presents epidemiological evidence for the link between suicide and substance use, abuse and dependence including polydrug use with a particular focus on the US and European trends. Risk factors presented include both distal and proximal associates with substance abuse, spanning demographic, psychosocial, psychiatric and situational factors. Given the complex interplay of substance use, abuse and dependence with these risk factors, prevention efforts to prevent substance use behaviors may play a key role in reducing suicide rates.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSuicidal Behavior in Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Dependence
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc
Pages239-253
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781608769193
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Medicine(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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