Drug Overdoses in Suburban Areas Leads to Many Premature Deaths

Drug Overdoses in Suburban Areas Leads to Many Premature Deaths

A surge in drug overdoses in suburban areas is largely responsible for a rise in premature deaths among adults ages 25-44 in 2015, according to a new report.

The findings come from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which compared counties within each state on more than 30 health-influencing factors such as education, jobs, and housing.

Drug deaths are also increasing among 15- to 24-year-olds, but almost three times as many people in this age group die by homicide, suicide or in motor vehicle crashes, USA Today reports.

A decade ago, suburbs had the lowest rate of premature deaths due to drug overdoses, but now they have the highest, the researchers said. ā€œSmaller metro and rural counties also have higher rates of premature death due to drug overdoses,ā€ the researchers noted in a news release.

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