Heroin addicts reporting previous heroin overdoses also report suicide attempts

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Nonfatal heroin overdoses and suicide attempts are both common among heroin addicts, but there is limited knowledge about the association between them. The sample in the present study consisted of 149 regular heroin users in Malmo, Sweden. Out of these 98 had taken an unintentional heroin overdose at some time and 51 had made at least one attempt to commit suicide (but not using heroin). Suicide attempts were significantly more common among those who had taken unintentional overdoses as compared with those who had never taken any overdose (p < 0.01). The more overdoses, the greater the risk of suicide attempt.


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  • Psychiatry
  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-481
JournalSuicide & Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Clinical Health Promotion Centre (013065010), Psychiatry (Lund) (013303000), Psychiatry/Primary Care/Public Health (013240500)