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The organization examed nearly four dozen factors that affect residents’ health—and the mentioned “deaths of despair” are showing troublesome numbers, particularly when it comes to drug ODs in certain states.
Shockingly, “the rate of growth in drug overdose deaths in West Virginia is absolutely mind-boggling,” lead author David Radley says, citing a 450% death rate increase there between 2005 and 2017.
West Virginia isn’t alone as other states with equally worrisome stats from deadly drug overdoses include Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Delaware, and New Hampshire, as well as DC. Suicide rates, meanwhile, “rose more sharply between 2016 and 2017 than during any other one-year period in recent history,” the report notes, per Arkansas Online.
There may be a sliver of hope, however, at least with regard to drug overdoses. Per Time, new data out of the Center for Disease Control notes that the rate for fatal drug overdoses in the US dropped just a bit from 2017 to 2018, breaking a nearly 20-year upward trend.
Is it coincidence that following the election of Donald Trump, more and more people find themselves in the depths of despair? I think not. Americans have been robbed of hope, and each day brings nothing but more fear and sadness.