Addiction, Overdose, and Suicide: Preventing Deaths From Drug Self-Intoxication

June 21, 2016

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Hilary Connery, MD, PhD | Clinical Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program, McLean Hospital

Ian Rockett, PhD | Professor of Epidemiology, West Virginia University School of Public Health

About the webinar: In the United States, deaths due to opioid overdose (prescription opioid and heroin) have increased 200% since 2000, approximating death rates due to pneumonia and influenza. Deaths due to sedative-hypnotic overdose have quadrupled since 1996. Suicides increased approximately 30% since 2000 – not accounting for substance-related poisonings having a component of intentional self-harm but coded as unintentional or undetermined cause due to absence of a suicide note and other corroborative evidence. Emerging national data suggest significant suicidality associated with substance and prescription overdose, indicating that clinicians are missing critical opportunities for prevention of premature mortality.

This webinar will review the proposed death sub-category, “death from drug self-intoxication,” as a surveillance strategy for improving accurate detection of a preventable death. Clinical translations of this concept, including empirical opportunities to elicit self-harm/suicide risk and to intervene with patients and families seeking treatment in a variety of clinical practice settings, will be presented.

Educational objectives: 

  • Understand international and national vital statistics data demonstrating pandemic drug overdose deaths and the of undercounting suicides in cases involving substance misuse.
  • Recognize self-harm and suicide risk cognitions commonly encountered in substance use disorder patients presenting to treatment.
  • Appreciate the need to assess self-harm/suicide risk independently of routine mental health assessments for mood disorders, PTSD, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders.

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June 21, 2016
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