Increase in Drug Overdoses Contributes to Rising U.S. Death Rate

Increase in Drug Overdoses Contributes to Rising U.S. Death Rate
A rise in drug overdoses contributed to the increasing U.S. death rate last year, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The death rate increased for the first time in a decade, The New York Time s reports. The overall death rate increased to 729.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015, up from 723.2 in 2014. The CDC found the death rate for drug overdoses increased to 15.2 per 100,000 people in the second quarter of 2015, compared with 14.1 in the second quarter the previous year. The rate for unintentional injuries, which include drug overdoses and car accidents, increased to 42 per 100,000 in the third quarter last year, up from 39.9 in the same quarter the previous year. More people also died from suicide and Alzheimer’s disease last year, the report found. The findings are preliminary, and are not broken down...
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Drug Overdoses Among Top Three Causes of Injury Deaths in U.S.

Drug Overdoses Among Top Three Causes of Injury Deaths in U.S.
Guns, drug overdoses and motor vehicle crashes are the top three causes of injury-related death in the United States, according to a new study. Researchers say those causes of injury contribute to Americans’ shorter life expectancy compared with people in 12 other wealthy countries. The average American will die as much as two years sooner than people living in Western Europe or Japan, the study found. More than 100,000 Americans die each year from motor vehicle traffic crashes, firearm-related injuries, and drug poisonings, the researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics found men in Western Europe and Japan had a life expectancy advantage of 2.2 years over American men and women. The top three injury causes of death accounted for 1.02 years of the life expectancy gap among men. Firearm-related injuries accounted for 21 percent of the gap,...
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Drug Overdose Deaths Increased in Almost Every U.S. County

Drug Overdose Deaths Increased in Almost Every U.S. County
Drug overdose deaths have increased in almost every U.S. county, The New York Times reports. Some of the biggest concentrations of overdose are in Appalachia and the Southwest. The increase is largely driven by addiction to prescription opioids and heroin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found 47,055 people died from drug overdoses. The drug overdose death rate is rising much faster than the rate of other causes of death, the article notes. Overdose death rates are rising faster in rural areas than in large metropolitan areas, which historically have had higher rates. Opioids were involved in more than 61 percent of deaths from overdoses in 2014. Heroin-related deaths have more than tripled since 2010. They are currently double the rate of cocaine-related deaths. Recently, The New York Times reported the rising death rate of young white adults in the United States is being driven by drug overdoses....
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Rising Death Rate of Young White Adults Driven by Drug Overdoses

Rising Death Rate of Young White Adults Driven by Drug Overdoses
The rising death rate of young white adults in the United States is being driven by drug overdoses, The New York Times reports. In contrast, the death rates for young black Americans is falling, according to an analysis by the newspaper. This is the first generation of young white adults since the Vietnam War years of the mid-1960s to have higher deaths rates in early adulthood than the generation before it, the article notes. The findings come from an analysis of almost 60 million death certificates collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 1990 and 2014. Death rates for non-Hispanic whites rose or flattened for all adult age groups under 65, especially in women. During that period, medical advances greatly decreased deaths from traditional causes such as heart disease. Among blacks and most Hispanic groups, death rates continued to fall during those years. The overdose death rate...
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