What is the prevalence of suicide among cocaine users?

Updated: Sep 01, 2018
  • Author: Lynn Barkley Burnett, MD, EdD, LLB(c); Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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The use of alcohol and illicit drugs increases the risk of suicide 16-fold, which is substantially higher than the rate observed with either substance alone. A study of suicide cases in New York City demonstrated that 20% of individuals younger than 61 years had used cocaine within days of their death. Nearly one half of Hispanic men who commit suicide have toxicologic screens positive for cocaine. Cocaine users typically choose violent means for self-destruction, especially the use of firearms.


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