Drug, Alcohol & Suicide Deaths Could Rise 60% in the Next Decade
About 1.6 million Americans could die from drugs, alcohol and suicide in the next decade, according to a comprehensive new report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust. The figure is a 60 percent increase over the past decade and the authors say the projections could be conservative as the opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc on American communities. The report includes an online interactive tool that maps trends and also includes an analysis of the economic impact of drug, alcohol and suicide-related health costs which total $249 billion a year – 9.5 percent of total U.S. health expenditures. The report advocates for the creation of a “National Resilience Strategy” to reduce suicide:
Source: US News and World Report
- ATTACK THE CRISES: Expand and scale up evidence-based efforts to deploy a full-scale strategy against opioids, excessive alcohol use, and rising suicide rates.
- BOLSTER SUPPORTS: Prioritize prevention, reduce risk factors and promote resilience in children, families and communities.
- IDENTIFY EARLY: Enhance programs that identify early warning signs, and connect people to the services they need.
- ENHANCE TREATMENT: Improve pain management and treatment, and modernize mental health and substance abuse services, to focus on individuals’ whole health.