Selected Substances: Drug-Related Suicide Attempts by Young Adults

  Male Female
Alcohol* 38.5% 23.0%
Illicit Drugs 29.6% 14.8%
Anti-anxiety Drugs 30.7% 22.6%
Antidepressants 15.6% 19.4%
Antipsychotics 18.1% 9.2%
Narcotic Painkillers 12.0% 11.1%
Acetaminophen Products 14.0% 16.3%
Ibuprofen Products 9.5% 12.9%

* The alcohol category includes visits involving alcohol taken in combination with other drugs for all patients and visits involving just alcohol for patients age 18 to 20. DAWN does not track alcohol-only visits for patients age 21 or older.

Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies (May 25, 2010). Figure 1. Selected Substances Involved in Emergency Department (ED) Visits for Drug-Related Suicide Attempts by Young Adults, by Gender: 2008. The DAWN Report: Emergency Department Visits for Drug-Related Suicide Attempts by Young Adults Age 18 to 24: 2008. Rockville, MD.

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