Over 1.6 Million Could Die From Drugs, Alcohol and Suicide Over Next Decade: Report

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More than 1.6 million Americans could die from drugs, alcohol and suicide over the next decade, a new report concludes.

USA Today reports the findings come from the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust. The nonprofit group found in 2015, there were 39.7 deaths per 100,000 U.S. residents due to drugs, alcohol and suicide, compared with 23.1 deaths per 100,000 in 1999—a 72 percent increase. That number could rise to 56 deaths per 100,000 by 2025, the group said.

“We see a connection among the three epidemics,” said John Auerbach, President and CEO of the Trust for America’s Health. “They are all behavioral health-related — that is, they have a substance abuse or mental health diagnosis associated with them.”

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    December 4, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Hi Myriam,
    Thanks for your post and question. It’s great that you and your son can have an open dialog about this. I’m unclear as to the age of your son, but even in states where it is legal, no use is legal for anyone under the age of 21.

    The concern for adolescents and young adults up to age 25 or so, is that the brain is still developing and becoming quite the super computer as it massively increases efficiencies. During this critical period, repeated behavior, whether healthy or unhealthy, gets wired into the brain and becomes more likely to be triggered in the future. Delaying substance use like alcohol or marijuana after the brain has finished this cycle leads to a healthier brain with a very low risk of developing a substance use disorder.

    You may find our Marijuana Talk Kit helpful for your discussions at this link:https://drugfree.org/resources/

    As for who to talk to, you might try your school’s counselor or an addictions counselor. Their approach will be very important as scare tactics don’t work and his personal experience will be different than what he hears about brain science.

    Please call our helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE if you need more assistance.


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    November 30, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    My son confessed to me today that he uses marijuana but only when he goes to gym to do his routine good. He says is not daily but he said is fine and approved by governor. I told him that it may cause brain damage but he seems to be very informed and said that Indians use to use it to make them stronger. I suggest him to talk to a professional advisor to explain us what is true and what is not true and he said yes. Where or who can help me please!

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