More Americans Than Ever Dying From Alcohol, Drugs and Suicide

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More than 150,000 Americans died from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017—the highest number since the federal government started collecting such data in 1999, USA Today reports.

Synthetic opioid deaths increased 45 percent between 2016 and 2017, and have increased 10-fold in the last five years, according to a report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust. Americans are now dying at a faster rate from overdoses involving synthetic opioids than they did from all drugs in 1999, the report found.

Overall, deaths due to alcohol, drugs and suicide increased 6 percent between 2016 and 2017.

“Too many of us are dying from preventable causes, and each time we make progress—like with prescription opioids—new problems—like synthetic opioids—appear,” Benjamin F. Miller, Chief Strategy Officer of the Well Being Trust said in a news release.

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    Gina Bruton

    March 13, 2019 at 9:25 PM


    I completely agree with you. My 74 year old dad, that was healthy except for his chronic excruciating pain caused by years of hard work and the aging process died 3/4/2019 from a massive heart attack brought on by the pain and stress of being unable to get his medication. Just 34 days after the DEA raided his doctors office and left over 1,700 patients with no resources; he is no longer with us. We only have about 4 pain management doctors with a population of about 230,000 – 250,000 people. The DEA shoyld of had a contingency plan, set up an evaluation clinic to ensure the true chronic pain patients received care. I too wonder if this is population control. My dad was not an addict, he suffered terribly during those last 34 days. The morning he died, my mom was taking him to the hospital for an MRI in hopes he could find another doctor. She was only three blocks from the hospital and had him there within minutes; however the ER’s hour long efforts did not save him.

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    Wendy Enright

    March 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    The reason more Americans are dying is because the Center for Disease Control has made rules that do not fit everyone. The government is pressuring and scaring physicians into not giving pain medications to patients who have severe chronic pain so they are going out and seeking these medications to help with their pain and/or are committing suicide because if you truly have severe chronic pain it is too hard to live this way. I know, I live with severe chronic pain on a daily basis and if it were not for the pain medications my doctor prescribes I would not be able to live a good quality of life. I have had 3 severe autoimmune diseases for 10 years and I take the same amount of pain meds now that I have taken for the last 10 years. I have never abused them, I take them as I’m supposed to and it helps me to live a productive life. If the government keeps this up we will have more dead older people. Maybe this is the government’s way of population control!!! I don’t know, however what I do know is that someone has made a huge mistake by trying to take away pain medication from people who truly, truly need it.

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