Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Intersections of Substance Use and Suicide: Evidence and Key Take-Aways

Looks at how specific patterns of substance use may increase suicide risk. Highlights intersecting factors, such as the type of substance and the amount consumed, as well as biological and social influences. Notes that some groups, such as men and older adults, may be at a higher risk due to overlapping health and social inequities, including trauma, co-occurring disorders, stigma and difficulty accessing health care. Offers prevention and intervention approaches that could improve services and support, and suggests areas for further research.

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