Sadness, suicide, and drug misuse in Arkansas: results from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2011

J Ark Med Soc. 2014 Feb;110(9):185-6.


Exposure to drugs is unfortunately common among high school students and its use has been linked to depression and suicide risk. We used the 2011 Arkansas Youth Risk Behavior Survey to estimate the prevalence of drug abuse and to measure its association with teen suicidality. Three types of substance misuse were reported by more than 10% of Arkansas high school students: cannabis (33.3% ever use). inhalants (18.7% ever use). and prescription drugs without a prescription (13.2% ever use). We found in all suicide outcomes a stronger association with prescription drug abuse, followed by inhalant abuse, then cannabis abuse.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Arkansas / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Depression / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Suicidal Ideation*
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*