Suicide, Overdose Rates Are Soaring in the US
Suicide, Overdose Rates Are Soaring in the US The new report released by the Commonwealth Fund looked at 47 sets of data from 2017 in all 50 states.
It found that "deaths of despair" have increased nationally.
Such deaths include suicide, drug overdose and death caused by alcohol consumption.
The report also finds striking regional differences pertaining to deaths of despair.
The mid-Atlantic states — West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania — showed the highest rates of drug overdose.
From 2005 to 2017, overdose death rates in West Virginia rose by 450%.
David Radley, scientist, NBC News Nebraska, Montana the Dakotas, Wyoming and Oregon had the highest rates of alcohol deaths and suicide.