In the US the Commonwealth Fund, which promotes healthcare, has just released a report which says the country is experiencing a “national crisis” as a result of the rise in deaths from suicide, alcohol and drug abuse. The research points out the rate of drug overdose deaths more than doubled in the United States between 2005 and 2017, while suicide rates are up by almost 30% since 2005.
“West Virginia has been hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. It had the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in 2017 (57.8 deaths per 100,000 residents) – more than two-and-a-half times the national average and 25% higher than the next highest state, Ohio, which had 46.3 deaths per 100,000 residents ,” says the report. Drug overdose deaths have gone up by 115% since 2005.