Self-Inflicted Deaths, Death Rates, Reach All-Time High

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The numbers of suicide- and alcohol-related deaths rose a total of about 60-70-percent relatively over the last 18 years while the number of drug-related deaths spiked by nearly 400-percent from 19,000 to nearly 74,000 in 2017. (Well Being Trust chart)

The Washington Examiner – Suicides and drug- and alcohol-related deaths are rising and together hit an all-time high in 2017, according to a new report published Tuesday that concludes that people struggling with mental illness lack mental healthcare and related resources.

The Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust, two nonprofit groups, found that between 2016 and 2017, the rate of deaths due to alcohol, drugs, and suicide increased about 6 percent from 43.9 to 46.6 deaths per 100,000, based on 2018 mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 150,000 Americans, the most ever, died from alcohol and drug-induced fatalities and suicide in 2017, more than twice as many in 1999.

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