Access to psychotropic medication and choice of method in a suicide attempt
Suicide and attempted suicide are a major public health concern in the United States, together responsible for approximately 44,000 deaths, 200,000 hospitalizations, and nearly 500,000 emergency department visits annually. The choice of method during suicide attempts is the most important factor impacting survival. It is also an important avenue for intervention to prevent suicide attempts. Suicide attempts with psychotropic medication are common. Simply having access to a psychotropic medication via prescription (or prescribed access) could be an important factor increasing the risk of using ...