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

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

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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 - 5 Nov 2010

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    Smith, G. W., Corry, C., & Houston, J. E. (2010). Epidemiological evidence for the link between suicide and substance use, abuse and dependence. In Suicidal Behavior in Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Dependence (pp. 239-253). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..