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Study: Deaths from drugs, alcohol, suicide at all-time high in U.S.

06/19/2019

(UPI) – June 12 — Americans dying from drugs, alcohol and suicide have reached a record high, according to research released Wednesday.

A study conducted by the Commonwealth Fund, a healthcare advocacy group, details the rise in overdoses and suicides in a “scorecard” that uses data from 2017. Drug overdoses are most prevalent in West Virginia and Ohio, it said — which saw 58 and 46 deaths per 100,000 residents, respectively.

“When we look at what’s going on in mid-Atlantic states — West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania — those are the states that have the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in the country,” David Radley, a senior scientist for the Commonwealth Fund, told NBC News.

“The rate of growth in drug overdose deaths in West Virginia is absolutely mind-boggling.”

West Virginia also saw the steepest growth in overdose deaths. In 2005, it recorded less than 11 deaths per 100,000. Pennsylvania and Delaware were also listed as high-rate and high-growth states for overdose deaths.

“Nationally speaking, the death rates from suicide, alcohol, and drug overdose each rose markedly in the past decade,” the report said. “The recent, sharp growth in drug overdose deaths is most alarming.”

The research points out the rate of drug overdose deaths more than doubled in the United States between 2005 and 2017, and rose considerably from 2016 to 2017.

Read the full story at upi.com


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