Drug Use Disorders Wreak Havoc All Across the Country
An extensive study looking at 35 years of US mortality data found sharp differences between regions – although all counties showed a rise in opioid-related deaths.
As reported by CNN, from 1980 to 2014, 2.84 million Americans died of alcohol, drugs, suicide, domestic violence or abuse, according to a study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. Perhaps most alarming, drug deaths increased by more than 600% in this time period.
Boone County, West Virginia was the county with the largest increase, 8369.7%, in deaths due to drug overdose followed by Wyoming County, West Virginia which saw a rise of 6973.1%.
“It is important to show the local burden of these diseases so health officials and others can better plan programs and interventions in their own communities,” said study co-author Ali Mokdad, a professor of global health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
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To read more about how the details of mortality trends differ all across the country, please visit CNN.com.