Suicide and overdose are two primary causes of death in the United States. The issue becomes how to differentiate intentional overdoses versus accidental ones? Is emotional pain the real cause of most deaths in our society? If this is correct, then adequate and accessible mental health care should be the focus of our efforts. Numerous news outlets have picked up our press release addressing the concerns of whether the CDC may be underestimating apparent suicide Rates. This is an important subject that should be at the forefront of mental health conversations today.
Studies show that drug overdose is one of the leading causes of “accidental” death in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose rates have increased due to higher use of prescription opioids, cocaine use, and sedatives. In 2015, CDC reported 52,404 drug overdose deaths. Of these deaths, 63% were attributed to opioids.
It is crucial to understand that depression is more than just a sad feeling. It is a serious illness that affects brain chemistry. The condition can become severe due to genetics, hormonal levels, substance abuse, medical conditions, stress, anxiety, grief or life circumstances.
The constant feelings of sadness, loss of interest, anxiety, apathy, discontent, guilt, and hopelessness, can lead to a range of behavioral symptoms including reckless substance use. Depression also leads to thoughts of suicide. It is important to know that more than 23% of suicides attempts does not involve any planning. When lethal drugs are available, they can be used to stop the emotional pain, consequently causing death.
Providing a wide range of drug awareness and prevention, individualized mental health and effective detoxification treatment, may be the best tool to save lives.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
We can work together and help prevent suicide. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides around the clock, free and confidential support. We understand that every person is different and every struggle is unique. There are resources available for yourself or a loved one. Compassionate support can make a difference and save a life. If there is an immediate crisis happening, please call 1-800-273-8255 or visit