In observance of Suicide Prevention month, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), are highlighting a dimension of the opioid crisis that receives little attention – the links between opioid use, opioid use disorder and suicide. More than 47,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription or illicit opioids in 2017. Concealed in the deaths is a significant number of people who have decided to take their own life.

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