Link between Prescription Opioid Misuse and Suicide Risk Beh
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Researchers have reported that youth with a lifetime history of prescription opioid misuse (POM) are at an increased risk for suicidal ideation, planning, and attempts. In this study, it was investigated whether the association between youth POM and suicide outcomes differs by recency of POM (ie, none, past, or current misuse).

Data from the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey to examine associations between recency of POM (current POM, past POM, and no POM) and suicide risk behaviors among US high school students was used.

Results:
--After controlling for demographics, alcohol, and other drug use, both current POM and past POM were significantly associated with all suicide risk behaviors compared with no POM.

--Students who reported current POM had the highest adjusted prevalence ratios (aPRs) for suicidal ideation (aPR: 2.30), planning (aPR: 2.33), attempts (aPR: 3.21), and feeling sad or hopeless (aPR: 1.59).

--Students who reported current POM also were significantly more likely than youth who reported past POM to report that they had seriously considered attempting suicide, made a suicide plan, and attempted suicide.

While POM, particularly current POM, is linked to the risks of suicide-related behavior and youth experiences, comprehensive preventive approaches to address suicide-pOM intersections provide a promising way forward in addressing certain public health issues among young people.

Source: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2021/02/25/peds.2020-030601?rss=1
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