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Opioid use in people with chronic pain and associations with suicidal behaviours and suicide: a population-based data linkage cohort study

2020 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $89,959
Focus Area: Psychosocial Studies

Gabrielle Campbell, Ph.D.
University of New South Wales (Australia)

Mentor: Brian Draper, M.D., Prince of Wales Hospital (Australia)

Inside the Research

In the last two decades, there has been a substantial increase in the prescription of pharmaceutical opioids, particularly for chronic non-cancer pain. One of the most recent concerning trends has been the increasing association between increased opioid prescribing and suicide. In this study, new machine learning/artificial intelligence techniques will be used to study a population of patients with chronic pain who were prescribed opioids. Findings may shed light on the relationship between opioid deaths and suicide.