Year: 1986 Source: American Family Physician, v.33, no.4, (April 1986), p.137-140 SIEC No: 19861282

Suicide attempts by drug overdose are a growing health care problem, now reaching epidemic proportions. The patient who attempts suicide is typically a young, single adult female with interpersonal conflicts who takes an overdose of a prescribed drug, frequently a benzodiazepine. Patients who have recently been separated or divorced and those who are alcoholic, depressed or previously suicidal are also at risk. They family physician is in the best position to prevent suicide.