The intersection between suicide and the opioid epidemic was front and center at this year’s American Association of Suicidology (AAS) annual conference, as our field explored the theme of “Converging Fields, Expanding Perspectives.” Presentations ranged from data mapping of suicide and opioid overdose hotspots to better understanding the language and context of the substance abuse prevention and treatment fields. The connections are clear. Numerous shared risk and protective factors exist, a significant number of opioid overdose deaths coded as unintentional are likely suicides, and losses from both causes are having a significant impact on communities across the country. Drawing from those insights, innovations in the field, and SPRC’s suicide prevention resources, there are some concrete ways we can move from knowledge about how these two issues interrelate—to action.
Read the full article from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center here.