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Introducing: Opioid and Alcohol Misuse and Risk of Suicide: A Literature Review

December 8, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Suicide is one of the largest public health concerns facing the United States. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults ages 10-34 and the tenth leading of death overall. Suicide and substance use share many risk factors and substance use, particularly of depressants such as opioids or alcohol, can increase risk of suicide. To support substance use prevention professionals, the Central East PTTC conducted a literature review of opioid and alcohol misuse and risk of suicide. The review sought to identify research on how and to what extent substance use increases risk of suicide and what evidence-based prevention strategies exist that address both the risk of substance use and the risk of suicide. The Central East PTTC created a new report, Opioid and Alcohol Misuse and Risk of Suicide: A Literature Review, summarizing and sharing its findings. This webinar will introduce the report, explain why it was created, explore the information it provides, and answer audience questions about it.


  • Summarize the importance of addressing suicide risk
  • Discuss the connections between substance use and risk of suicide
  • Overview evidence-based prevention strategies that address both substance use risk and suicide risk
  • Explore ways to use the Central East PTTC Literature Review




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