Date & Time
Thursday, August 3, 2023, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
313 Suicide Prevention for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

Jail and prison suicide deaths are increasing as are the number of deaths attributed to alcohol and substance use. The two are inextricably related. This presentation will review co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and suicide within the correctional system, including risk factors and gaps in the existing medical and mental health systems. Methods to establish a comprehensive suicide prevention program will be presented, and case examples will be used to illustrate research and statistics.

Educational Objectives

  • Describe individual and environmental risk factors for suicide in jails and prisons
  • Cite three ways that jails and prisons can lessen the risk of suicide within their facilities
  • Discuss how expanding medications for opioid use disorders can help decrease the risk of suicide