If I had anything worth betting, I’d bet that many of the documented opioid related overdose deaths were suicides.
How dare I say such a thing? Because in either circumstance the people who should have known better, didn’t. Why didn’t they know? Because they didn’t want to.
No one wants to acknowledge that their child, spouse, parent or partner has a drug problem or is at risk for misuse or abuse and no one wants to believe that even those who appear the strongest, laughing, joking, caregiving, keeping it together for you, would ever take their own lives.
A person seeks medical care to gain something; pain management, acute or chronic, or to manipulate for medications they don’t actually need, but want.
Some people fall through the cracks of not only the medical communities, unintended consequences, access to care, emergency services, but families, too.
I’ll leave this post short and simple.