Congressional Briefing and National Webinar: Pain in the Nation
Join Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust for a national webinar on our recently released report, “Pain in the Nation: The Epidemics of Alcohol, Drug, and Suicide Deaths.”
The report is the latest in a series of reports tracking the nation’s deaths of despair crisis. Deaths associated with alcohol, drugs, and suicide took the lives of 186,763 Americans in 2020, a 20 percent one year increase in the combined death rate and the highest number of substance misuse deaths ever recorded for a single year. While alcohol, drug, and suicide deaths have been increasing for decades, the 2020 increase was unprecedented and driven by a 30 percent increase in the rate of drug-induced deaths and a 27 percent increase in the rate of alcohol-induced deaths.
No single program or policy will be a cure-all to address these issues. Instead, a comprehensive approach that focuses on the underlying causes of these deaths of despair can help heal individuals and communities and make them more resilient. Please join us as we discuss steps policymakers should take to begin to reverse these crises. The briefing will include time for Q&A from the audience.