Cannabis use disorder and suicide attempts in Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans.

Journal Article

The objective of the present research was to examine the association between lifetime cannabis use disorder (CUD), current suicidal ideation, and lifetime history of suicide attempts in a large and diverse sample of Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans (N = 3233) using a battery of well-validated instruments. As expected, CUD was associated with both current suicidal ideation (OR = 1.683, p = 0.008) and lifetime suicide attempts (OR = 2.306, p < 0.0001), even after accounting for the effects of sex, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, alcohol use disorder, non-cannabis drug use disorder, history of childhood sexual abuse, and combat exposure. Thus, the findings from the present study suggest that CUD may be a unique predictor of suicide attempts among Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans; however, a significant limitation of the present study was its cross-sectional design. Prospective research aimed at understanding the complex relationship between CUD, mental health problems, and suicidal behavior among veterans is clearly needed at the present time.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kimbrel, NA; Newins, AR; Dedert, EA; Van Voorhees, EE; Elbogen, EB; Naylor, JC; Ryan Wagner, H; Brancu, M; VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, ; Beckham, JC; Calhoun, PS

Published Date

  • June 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 89 /

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 5

PubMed ID

  • 28129565

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1379

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3956

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2017.01.002

Language

  • eng