According to a new study, those who use prescription opiate drugs, other than as directed by a physician, are more likely to have thoughts about suicide than those who use them as prescribed or not at all.
Recently, a National Institute on Drug Abuse sponsored study (3/4), reported that people are much more likely to have thoughts about suicide if they are abusing opiate drugs, usually painkillers, by taking them more frequently than prescribed. The study also stated that even when abusers stop taking the prescription opiates, suicidal thoughts remained.
The survey, titled the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, was conducted at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland by Dr. Janet Kuramoto and colleagues. The testing was administered to 37,933 adults with startling results. It found that 15% of the respondents had abused opiates by taking a non-prescribed drug at least once in their life. Additionally, 23% of those surveyed who complained of symptoms related to prescription opiate abuse within one year before the survey, had considered ending their life.
The research study also pointed out that 10% of users had either not taken a non-prescribed opiate within the past year or never used a non-prescribed opiate had self-destruction thoughts.
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