The steady increase in U.S. suicide rates during the past 15 years is a troubling trend that has gained much media attention as of late. With training focused on consideration of the patient as a whole, DOs are ideally positioned to recognize early signs of depression and suicidal thoughts in their patients. The DO magazine recently published an article discussing this trend and what osteopathic physicians are doing to reverse it.
Opioid addiction is one culprit contributing to the high rates of suicide and accidental overdose. According to KCUR and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid abuse accounted for more than 28,000 deaths in the U.S, with Missourians representing more than 1,000 of those. Read the full article to learn how KCU is helping to address the issue through prescriber education for our students.