Drugs used to replace opioids linked with increase in suicide attempts across U.S.

 

“We are seeing a worrying increase in harmful exposures to gabapentin and baclofen in U.S. adults over recent years,” an expert told Newsweek.

Suicidal thoughts are among the potential side effects of both drugs, and chronic pain itself is linked to suicide attempts. This comes against a backdrop of suicide rates in the U.S. rising by 30 percent between 1999 and 2016, according to research cited by the scientists.

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