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11/22/2017

Deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide could hit 1.6M over the next decade, report says

As reported recently in USA Today, drugs, alcohol and suicide could lead to the deaths of more than 1.6 million people over the next 10 years, according to a report released Tuesday that signals a troubling trend in mental health in the U.S.

Researchers from the Berkeley Research Group examined deaths from 1999-2015 using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New Mexico had the highest rate of drug, alcohol and suicide-related deaths in 2015: 77.4 per 100,000 residents. West Virginia was second with 67.4 deaths, though it saw the largest jump of all the states — more than three times the 22.1 it was in 1999.

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