“We see a connection among the three epidemics. They are all behavioral health-related — that is, they have a substance abuse or mental health diagnosis associated with them.”
~ John Auerbach, President and CEO of the Trust for America’s Health.
According to a brand-new report, US life expectancy has dipped for the second straight year, primarily because of the epidemic of drug overdoses, alcohol-related deaths, and suicides. All three related public health problems have surged together.
Between 1999 and 2015, while alcohol and drug deaths spiked, the suicide rate also jumped, rising from 10.5 per 100,000 residents to 13.8, equating to a 31% increase.
This figure is significant, because suicide and substance abuse share a close link. In fact, substance abusers have a suicide risk that is over 6 times greater than the rest of the population. Among female addicts, the risk of suicide is 9 times greater. Of special relevance, up to 60% of completed suicides happen when the victim is intoxicated.
Significantly, alcohol abuse is one of the strongest predictors of suicide.
What Can We Learn from This?
The biggest takeaway is this—if someone you care about is struggling with an addictive disorder—alcoholism, illicit drug abuse, or the misuse of prescription medications – then time is of the essence. The best time to get help is always RIGHT NOW, because tomorrow may literally be too late.
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