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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    June 25, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Is there any help for recovering addicts to get back on their feet? My son’s vehicle broke down which resulted in losing his job and is now facing addiction. He lives and needs to live in country with his 5yr. Old son.

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      Josie Feliz

      June 27, 2019 at 12:22 PM

      Thanks for your message Michele. We have forwarded your message to one of our helpline specialists who can help better answer your question, and she will be reaching out to you shortly. Our Helpline is a good place to start if you’d like to talk to someone about what you’re going through. Feel free to connect with us in whichever manner you choose in the future:
      Thank you. -The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

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