Introducing: Opioid and Alcohol Misuse and Risk of Suicide: A Literature Review (Webinar Recording)

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Introducing: Opioid and Alcohol Misuse and Risk of Suicide: A Literature Review
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

December 8, 2021, 1-2:30 PM EST


Suicide is one of the largest public health concerns facing the United States. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults ages 10-34 and the tenth leading of death overall. Suicide and substance use share many risk factors and substance use, particularly of depressants such as opioids or alcohol, can increase risk of suicide. To support substance use prevention professionals, the Central East PTTC conducted a literature review of opioid and alcohol misuse and risk of suicide. The review sought to identify research on how and to what extent substance use increases risk of suicide and what evidence-based prevention strategies exist that address both the risk of substance use and the risk of suicide. The Central East PTTC created a new report, Opioid and Alcohol Misuse and Risk of Suicide: A Literature Review, summarizing and sharing its findings. This webinar will introduce the report, explain why it was created, explore the information it provides, and answer audience questions about it. The literature review is available here.


  • Summarize the importance of addressing suicide risk
  • Discuss the connections between substance use and risk of suicide
  • Overview evidence-based prevention strategies that address both substance use risk and suicide risk
  • Explore ways to use the Central East PTTC Literature Review


Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP is a Senior Policy Analyst with Carnevale Associates. Josh has extensive experience in substance use prevention; researching, writing, and presenting on best practice and knowledge development publications, briefs, and reference guides; and developing and providing T/TA to numerous organizations. He developed numerous SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies’ (CAPT) products on strategies to prevent opioid misuse and overdose, risk and protective factors for substance use, youth substance use prevention strategies, youth substance use trends, emerging substance use trends, the potential regulations surrounding marijuana legalization, as well as numerous other topics.
Emily PattonEmily Patton, MSc, PgDip, holds a Masters of Science in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University and a Postgraduate Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh. She offers significant professional experience in the fields of public policy development and analysis, criminal justice research, data collection and analysis, program development, and performance management.


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