It would seem like every day, we hear something about drugs. It could be someone has been arrested or a person committed a crime because of it. This reality means that drugs are very rampant and the number of users keeps on increasing. The rise of addiction treatment centers is also the result of this situation. This means that more people need help to recover from addiction.
The number of deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide in 2017 hit the highest level since federal data collection started in 1999, according to an analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by two public health nonprofits. The national rate for deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide rose from 43.9 to 46.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 2017, a 6 percent increase, the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust reported Tuesday. That was a slower increase than in the previous two years, but it was greater than the 4 percent average annual increase since 1999.
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Deaths from suicides rose from 13.9 to 14.5 deaths per 100,000, a 4 percent increase. That was double the average annual pace over the previous decade.
Suicide by suffocation increased by 42 percent from 2008 to 2017. Suicide by firearm increased 22 percent in that time.
Psychologist Benjamin Miller, chief strategy officer of the Well Being Trust, says broader efforts are needed to address the underlying causes of alcohol and drug use and suicide.
“It’s almost a joke how simple we’re trying to make these issues,” he says. “We’re not changing direction, and it’s getting worse.”