Understanding the Link Between Opioid Use and Suicide
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Dr. William Beecroft, MD, DLFAPA, is medical director of behavioral health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Dr. Beecroft is board-certified in general psychiatry, consultation-liaison and geriatrics specialties. He serves on the Michigan Suicide Prevention Commission.
- Opioid use influences impulsivity. Those who are intoxicated have difficulty making clear choices or accessing the higher functions of the brain.
- Those who are addicted to opioids are living in reduced social circumstances. Many are unemployed, with a narrow circle of non-using friends. They feel trapped by their addiction and may think suicide is the only way out.
- Opioids alter the perception of pain. While the physical sensation of pain may remain, they don’t care as much so are more likely to hurt themselves. Opioids decrease fear and anxiety.
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