Depression, Chronic Pain, and Suicide by Overdose: On the Edge – Jun 2011 – free full text PubMed article
Comorbid conditions that pose risks for suicide, especially depression, are prevalent in people living with chronic pain. The true numbers of failed attempts and successful suicides are unknown and may never be determined. Yet risk factors for suicidal ideation are so high in this population that it must be assumed that some proportion of those who die of drug overdoses might have intended to end their lives, not just temporarily relieve their pain.
I believe this is a much bigger factor than most people realize. It’s due to a skewed reporting system, which labels any death involving opioids as an “opioid overdose”, no matter what other drugs or factors were involved.
People are mistakenly campaigning against this method of dying, rather than the cause, which is chronic pain.
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