Suicide and overdose do not discriminate. It affects people from all socio-economic status, race/ethnicity, geographic region/state, age, and gender.
If you are in immediate need, DON’T HESITATE. CALL the National CRISIS HOTLINE at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).
Be in the KNOW
- Having suicidal thoughts or being in pain is nothing to be ashamed of. It is something to get help for.
- Over 90% of suicides are preventable.
- Each suicide significantly affects 18 – 25 people. This can result in ongoing expenses in treatment, loss of jobs, etc.
- Learn about the risks of powerful drugs and about other options for safe, effective pain management.
- Get help for substance abuse at 1-800-662-HELP.
- Call Poison Help 1-800-222-1222 if you have questions about medicines.
- In OHIO: To Confidentially Report suspected inappropriate prescribing or distributing of prescription drugs, call 1-855-224-6446.
- The past few years, Wayne County has 12 – 14 completed suicides per year, with many more attempts.
- According to ODH vital statistics, in 2011, Wayne County ranked #11 out of 88 in the State of Ohio, with a suicide rate of 16.58. This is higher than the state and national average per capita.
- More recently, the “middle-aged men” category has been on the rise locally.
Nationally, according to the CDC:
- 44,193 lives were lost in 2015 in the U.S.(year of most current stats). Someone dies in the United States almost every 12 minutes, with attempts totaling over 1 million every year.
- It is the 2nd leading cause of death in children and young adults 15-34
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death
OVERDOSES, according to local, state authorities and CDC.
- In 2016, 1 in 9 heroin deaths happened in Ohio.
- Abuse of prescription pain medications (opiates) led to a bigger problem – heroin, fentynl, cartfentil, and other overdoses.
- WE are now experiencing an epidemic across the State of Ohio.
- Wayne Co. overdose deaths doubled from 2015 to 2016, with 86% having an opioid in their system.
- The United States is in the midst of a prescription painkiller overdose epidemic.
- Over 52,000 people died in 2015 from an overdose. It is estimated over 59,000 died in 2016.
- 2000-2015 over 300,000 people have lost their lives to an opioid overdose.
- From 1999 to 2013, the amount of painkillers, called opioids, prescribed and sold in the U.S. have nearly quadrupled, and overdose deaths have quadrupled in lock-step.
- Unintentional drug overdoses caused the deaths of 3,050 Ohio residents in 2015,1 the highest number on record.
- Every day, 44 people in the U.S. die from overdose of prescription painkillers, and many more become addicted.
CDC.gov (www.cdc.gov) is your online source for credible health information and is the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
NSPL (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) – http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/learn/factsheets.aspx
OTGO Combatting the Opiate Epidemic Conference, Aug. 2015