Deaths Due to Alcohol, Drugs and Suicide Have Soared Among Young Adults

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Deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide have soared among young adults ages 18 to 34, according to a new analysis.

The number of drug deaths among young adults has risen by 400% in the past two decades, according to the non-profit Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust. These deaths were fueled in large part by the opioid crisis, USA Today reports.

Alcohol-related deaths for young adults rose 68% between 2007 and 2017, while suicide deaths increased 35%. Rates for “deaths of despair” from alcohol, drugs and suicide were higher among young adults than among Baby Boomers and senior citizens.

John Auerbach, CEO of the Trust for America’s Health, cited a number of factors that may explain the increase in deaths of despair among young people. These include burdensome levels of education debt, the cost of housing, the opioid crisis and the challenge of building careers during the “great recession.”

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