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The Intersection of Chronic Pain, Opioids, and Suicide
More than 100 million Americans live with chronic pain that increases their risk for a variety of adverse health outcomes, including opioid abuse, overdose, and suicide. Opioid overdose and suicide are among the leading causes of preventable death in the United States. A growing body of research suggests that these two major health concerns are closely linked. This presentation will explore common characteristics among people with chronic pain, challenges they often face, and factors that may place them at increased risk for adverse outcomes as well as examine current research on the connections between opioid abuse, overdose, and suicide. There will be a focus on strategies, including non-pharmacological approaches, for reducing the risk of opioid overdose and suicide in this population, and addressing the barriers to receiving care.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to describe common characteristics and factors among people with chronic pain that may place them at increased risk for adverse outcomes, recognize strategies for reducing the risk of opioid overdose and suicide and identify opportunities for collaborating across sectors to address opioid abuse and suicide.