The Day Editorial: Rising ‘deaths of despair’ a national crisis

And it is not just overdose deaths. Deaths of despair — the number of Americans who die from alcohol, drugs, or suicide — increased to an all-time high in 2017, and the increase was especially pronounced among young adults, according a June 13, 2019 report from two public health policy and advocacy organizations.
The report by Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust examined CDC data and found between 2007 and 2017, alcohol-induced deaths increased by 69%, drug-related deaths by 108%, and suicide by 35% in the 18-34 age group.
Read the full editorial here.