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Researchers: Opioid epidemic affects suicide rate

Created on:   Sat, Jan 13, 2018   10:12 AM

Last modified:   Sat, Jan 13, 2018   10:30 AM

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MORGANTOWN — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate in the United States increased by 34 percent between 2000 and 2016. While that rate seems high, a team of researchers led by a West Virginia University faculty member believes it is seriously underestimated.

A new study suggests that the difference may be due to drug intoxication suicides being misclassified. Ian Rockett, professor of Epidemiology in WVU’s School of Public Health, spearheaded the study conducted by an international team of renowned epidemiologists, psychiatrists, emergency physicians and a chief medical examiner.