At The Start Of The Study, 8.3 Percent Of Men And 3.4 Percent Of Women Had A Substance Use Disorder.

They followed veterans for six years. At the start of the study, 8.3 percent of men and 3.4 percent of women had a substance use disorder. During the study, 9,087 veterans died by suicide, for a suicide rate of http://michiganmedicalmarijuana.biz/ 34.7 cases per 100,000 person-years. For veterans with a substance use problem, the overall suicide rate was 75.6 cases per 100,000 person years. Men had a slightly higher rate of 76.1 cases, while women had a lower rate overall of 63.4 cases per 100,000 person-years. Two-thirds of the suicides involved firearms, and another one-quarter were by intentional poisoning, the study found. After researchers accounted for veterans age and the severity of any medical conditions, the increased risk of suicide associated with substance abuse diminished somewhat but remained meaningful in most cases. Once researchers also factored in mental health diagnoses, however, the findings changed. Differences between men and women diminished, and only alcohol and opioid misuse remained associated with an elevated suicide risk for female veterans. One limitation of the study is that it only included VA patients, who tend to have poorer physical and mental health than other veterans, the authors note. Because the cause of death for suicides is often classified as an accidental overdose, its also possible that the study might have underestimated the odds of suicide for certain substance use disorders, the researchers point out.

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