Jobs with greatest risk include law enforcement, firefighting and protective services, such as private detectives and security guards. The suicide rate for the group was 1.5 per million workers per year over the study period. The vast majority of these suicides (84 percent) involved firearms. Easy access to guns for some and the high stress in these jobs may both play roles in the workers’ decisions about suicide.
Suicide rates for adults between 40 and 64 years of age in the U.S. have risen about 40% since 1999, with a sharp rise since 2007. One possible explanation could be the detrimental effects of the economic downturn of 2007-2009, leading to disproportionate effects on house values, household finances, and retirement savings for that age group. In a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers found that external economic factors were present in 37.5% of all completed suicides in 2010, rising from 32.9% in 2005.
Physicians have the highest suicide rate of any profession.
One might expect that older physicians, after years in an emotionally and often physically taxing profession, bear the burden of an increased suicide risk. But it is really a phenomenon of young physicians. Suicide accounts for 26 percent of deaths among physicians aged 25 to 39, as compared to 11 percent of deaths in the same age group in the general population.
The deaths are now occurring at a rate faster than one per day. On Nov. 11, confirmed or suspected suicides among active-duty forces across the military reached 323, surpassing the Pentagon’s previous high of 310 suicides set in 2009.
Those who ingested more than 4,000 mg of acetaminophen in a single day spread out over more than one time point had a significantly higher mortality rate compared with those who overdosed at a single time point (37.3% versus 27.8%, P=0.025), according to Kenneth Simpson, MD, of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and colleagues.
The cohort analysis included 663 patients admitted with acetaminophen-induced severe liver injury from November 1992 through October 2008. About one-quarter (24.3%) overdosed in a staggered fashion, defined as taking at least two excessive doses separated by more than eight hours and adding up to more than 4,000 milligrams in one day. The rest of the patients ingested that much at a single time point.
Most of the patients who had a staggered overdose (58.2%) said that pain relief was the reason they repeatedly took an excessive dose. Another 34.3% said it was a suicide attempt.
Learn more at Acetaminophen Toxicity.
Personally I rarely take the stuff. It’s pure poison for the liver.
Deaths in Florida involving prescription drugs in 2009 were four times as common as those related to illicit drugs, with alprazolam (Xanax) joining opioids among the top killers, the CDC reported.
From 2003 to 2009, the death rate in Florida from overdoses of prescription drugs increased 84.2%, from 7.3 to 13.4 per 100,000 population, according to data from the Florida Medical Examiners Commission analyzed by the CDC in the July 8 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Time to tighten up your anxiety/depression underwriting guidelines? How about script checks at lower amounts? Can you differentiate between the applicant who wants to off himself versus plain vanilla anxiety?