PCSS - American Youth Intentional Drug-Opioid Fatal Overdose: The Magnitude of the Problem and Improved Assessment of Intentionality


Dr. Kaminer presents the third webinar regarding youth/adolescent substance use disorder regards the epidemic of drug-related fatal overdoses among young people in the United States. Between 2000 and 2019, the U.S. national suicide rate in youth aged 15 to 19 increased from 8 to 12.8 per 100,000 and similarly, in 20- to 24-year old's from 12.5 to 17 per 100,000. Due to difficulties assessing intentionality and differences among states, the true rate of intentional drug-related fatal overdoses may not be known. This webinar aims to introduce the magnitude of the epidemic among youth in the United States, as well as how this is a difficult health outcome to measure. 

Educational objectives:  At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Describe the complexities of assessing suicide intentionality. 
  • Discuss child/adolescent substance use risk with patients and families.
  • Explain how to conduct a brief psychological autopsy.