A new national report shows substance use disorder (SUD) is a key factor in Veteran suicide. The 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report shows Veterans Health Administration (VHA) users diagnosed with substance use disorders (SUD) had higher rates of suicide than those with depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Rates were amongst the highest for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).
The National Action Alliance, buoyed by the efforts of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, has endorsed a goal to reduce rates across the nation by 20% by 2025.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use, help is available. Visit Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Program – Locations (va.gov) or Home – SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.