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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 09:18 PM

U.S. death rates from suicides, alcohol and drug overdoses reach all-time high

Source: AOL.com

Rates of deaths from suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol have reached an all-time high in the United States, but some states have been hit far harder than others, according to a report released Wednesday by the Commonwealth Fund.

The report examined data in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., taking an in-depth look at 47 factors that have an impact on health outcomes, including insurance coverage, access to doctors, obesity, smoking, even tooth loss, and ultimately assigning each state a score. The data are from 2017.

Although the rates of the so-called deaths of despair are up nationally, the report's investigators were particularly struck by regional differences in the rates.

"When we look at what’s going on in mid-Atlantic states — West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania — those are the states that have the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in the country," David Radley, a senior scientist for the Commonwealth Fund, said. Rates in those states are at least double the national average of fatal drug overdose rates.

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Reply U.S. death rates from suicides, alcohol and drug overdoses reach all-time high (Original post)
jpak Wednesday OP
yaesu Wednesday #1
maxsolomon Sunday #19
ck4829 Monday #23
ck4829 Wednesday #2
Recursion Thursday #8
ck4829 Thursday #12
BamaRefugee Wednesday #3
ck4829 Monday #24
McKim Wednesday #4
ck4829 Monday #22
BigmanPigman Wednesday #5
appalachiablue Wednesday #6
KY_EnviroGuy Thursday #7
NJCher Thursday #9
KY_EnviroGuy Thursday #10
Ohiogal Monday #26
susanna Thursday #11
ck4829 Monday #21
ck4829 Thursday #13
Coventina Thursday #14
VarryOn Sunday #20
Brainfodder Monday #28
ck4829 Friday #15
LompocDem Saturday #16
area51 Saturday #17
bdamomma Saturday #18
ck4829 Monday #25
Maxheader Monday #27

Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 09:40 PM

1. when you have fascists running the country this is what happens nt

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Response to yaesu (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:39 PM

19. Correlation is not causation.

But maybe.

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Response to yaesu (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 07:19 AM

23. Yep

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 10:00 PM

2. But the Dow is at an all time high though... this makes no sense!

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 01:23 AM

8. Actually suicide is correlated with wealth

The poorer you are, the less likely you are to commit suicide.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 06:46 AM

12. Snark

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 10:42 PM

3. They're LOSERS, who can't handle life in trump's nation of Potemkin Villages!

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Response to BamaRefugee (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 07:20 AM

24. +1. "The 1% is doing great, why can't you just be happy for THEM?!"

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 10:42 PM

4. Just Having to Live Under this government...

Just having to live under this government is enough to drive you to drink....people are looking for an escape. For the young smart and with money Europe is great. But many are not in a position to leave so they medicate. I feel so bad for young people who are trapped here and who are escaping into bar culture or medicating with drugs. This country is not offering them a future!

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Response to McKim (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 07:17 AM

22. It really isn't

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 10:47 PM

5. tRump has increased depression/anxiety and the ACA

being held hostage hasn't reduced the stress of those who are poor and have a preexisting condition. If the ACA is destroyed altogether the quality of life of many will worsen and there will be more deaths from suicide. The availability of guns doesn't help either.

I expected this...it is reality in the US in 2019. It will continue as long as the GOP and tRump are in control and power and probably will take awhile to decline even after their influence is voted out. Votes do count people, WAKE UP GOP voters and vote in your own best interest not what the GOP tells you is your best interest.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 11:40 PM

6. Poor Mid- Atlantic and WV,

"West Virginia had the highest drug overdose death rates, fueled mostly by the opioid epidemic. What's more, those rates rose by 450 percent from 2005 to 2017, according to the report."

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 01:11 AM

7. The entire nation is slowly becoming a nervous wreck.

Some outside America might wonder why........

Threats from climate change, disappearing means to climb the ladder to success and then no job security or guarantee of retirement, multiple conflicts around the globe, increasing gun violence including mass killings, insecure schools and businesses, increasing domestic violence, little or no savings or other safety net, health care unavailable or very expensive, community fabric being ripped apart, politicians and media personalities keeping everyone's heads spinning with bullshit, creeping price inflation and stagnant wages, a highly divided and verbally abrasive populace, people's emotional world now controlled by social media, and I just don't get no damn respect!

I'm sure I've missed many others but that enough to create mass collective insanity......

Not to worry. The GOP will soon begin mass distribution of free Xanax and Effexor any day now....

PS: I forgot to include skyrocketing unsolicited sales phone calls every day.


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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 02:09 AM

9. I was just trying to say this on another thread

But gave up through sheer exhaustion in covering all the issues, but I would say you have covered it.

Cher

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Response to NJCher (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 02:52 AM

10. Thank you. We can add to that....

all the individual stressful issues that most people have such as relationship and/or job problems, issues with raising kids, taxes, deaths and illnesses and keeping our homes in reasonable condition.

Quite stressful and sometimes depressing to be an American these days when we add in all those external inputs....

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 07:52 AM

26. Excellent summation.

Unless you are in the 1%, life in the US is a struggle. And the politicians in charge keep taking away our healthcare, retirement savings, anything that eases the burden of life in general. Plus the worry over violence, lax gun laws, and just a general pall of anxiety hanging over our nation. I'm sure many in the poor community feel as though life is hopeless. Note to Republicans: This is NOT "America First"!!!!!!!

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Mon Jun 17, 2019, 07:17 AM

21. Yep. We don't have an opioid epidemic, we have a pain and stress epidemic

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 07:07 AM

13. Kick

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 09:54 AM

14. Well, I know a number of people who can't get pain relief anymore.

I have no doubt they are self-medicating in dangerous ways.

I'm considering it myself.

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Response to Coventina (Reply #14)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 06:10 PM

20. I've wondered the same thing...

I have no doubt there's an opiod crisis, but the FDA and state medical boards have doctors scared to help many patients genuinely in pain who don't abuse their meds. I deal with migraines, and fortunately, non-narcotics work..usually. I can't imagine having a chronic pain problem with no access to meds that work.

Constant pain wears on you, and I can see how it could degrade a person's mental state that they would take anything they could get their hands on, or worse, commit suicide.

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Response to Coventina (Reply #14)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 12:52 PM

28. Try cannabis, but do research it first.

There is a lot to digest, pun intended.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Fri Jun 14, 2019, 10:25 PM

15. Another kick

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 02:42 AM

16. Thursday I responded...

...to a foul smelling car parked in our parking lot. Two elderly people decided to commit suicide in a rental car using a portable gas powered generator to kill themselves. The suicide note mentioned that they didn't want to be a burden on their children. This, IMO, happened because of this countries for profit heath care system. I have no children and no prospect of having anybody but the state to care for me if the I lose my capacity to care for myself. I understand why those two people chose their exit but I also see that their situation could have been easily remedied by a more compassionate and proactive publicly provided health care system.

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Response to LompocDem (Reply #16)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 04:38 AM

17. +1

And am in the same boat as you.

for the elderly couple

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 07:01 AM

18. tRump

is the disease who is afflicting all this pain on people it will get worse, unless we rise.

Or is he the symptom???

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 07:22 AM

25. One more kick

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 08:51 AM

27. Read a few sad articles over the past year about an increase..


in suicides in the midwest...farming communities...Lots of speculation
about the reason...causes..

Its just a shame, that's all...

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