Nationally speaking, the death rates from suicide, alcohol, and drug overdose each rose markedly in the past decade. The recent, sharp growth in drug overdose deaths is most alarming. The rate of death from drug overdose more than doubled across the country between 2005 and 2017. While the overdose rate has somewhat moderated recently, the 10 percent jump between 2016 and 2017 is still among the highest annual increases the nation has seen.
Steady increases in suicides and deaths linked to alcohol are also concerning and represent yet another marker of complex socioeconomic and behavioral health problems across the nation. Nationally, suicide rates are up nearly 30 percent since 2005; they rose more sharply between 2016 and 2017 than during any other one-year period in recent history. Similarly, the rate of death linked to alcohol has increased more rapidly in recent years, with average growth of 4 percent per year between 2013 and 2017, compared with 2 percent per year between 2005 and 2012.
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