Vermont overdose rates rank 22nd in nation

12/02/2018 06:10 |

Vermont overdose rates rank 22nd in nation

Suicides and drug overdoses were two reasons for an increase in the number of deaths in the United States past year.

Death rates increased in 2017 - especially among people aged 25 to 44, according to the CDC.

Overall, there were 70,237 deaths attributed to drugs in 2017, compared to 63,631 in 2016.

Younger and older people died by overdose less frequently, the report indicates.

The federal report found that, nationally, there were 70,237 overdose deaths in 2017. The elevated rate of these deaths, categorized as "unintentional injuries", was seen across both sexes and all age groups.

But the increase in drug overdose deaths has started to slow.

OH has the second-highest rate in the country, with neighboring states West Virginia and Pennsylvania making up the top three. However, since 2008, suicide has ranked 10 and has been growing at an alarming rate.

West Virginia was once again the state with the highest rate of drug overdose deaths.

Recently, that rise has been partly driven by the opioid epidemic and a sharp uptick in the number of deaths involving synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl - a stunning 45 percent leap in the span of a single year, from 2016 to 2017.

One result: Life expectancy in 2017 fell to an average of 78.6 years for the total us population, down from 78.7 years in 2016.

As usual, women will continue to outlive men.

In 2008, the year Georgetown began tracking these data, 9.7 percent of US kids 18 and under were uninsured.

The CDC's report considered all overdose deaths and came up with 134 such cases for Vermont - 10 more than the state's report shows.

Vermont's 2017 overdose death rate is considered "statistically the same" as the national rate.

Dr. William Dietz, a disease prevention expert at George Washington University, says the rising death rate stems from a sense of hopelessness among Americans. In the past two years, that has resulted in tiny adjustments to the overall life expectancy number. Meanwhile, there were increases in seven others - suicide, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's, flu/pneumonia, chronic lower respiratory diseases and unintentional injuries.

The report, called "Suicide Mortality in the United States, 1999-2017", was based on government records. In 2017, it had risen to 14.0 per 100,000. The rate among males increased by 26 percent over the 18-year period to 22 per 100,000 but for women it jumped 53 percent.

According to the Associated Press, the suicide rate in America has reached a 50-year peak.

The suicide rate in 2017 for females aged 75 and over (4.0) was significantly lower than the rate in 1999 (4.5). From 1999 to 2017, the overdose rate soared from 6.1 per 100,000 to 21.7 per 100,000.

Most alarming is that suicide rate in the most rural counties in the now 1.8 times the rate in the most urban counties: with the rate in most rural counties at 20.0 per 100,000, and in the most urban at 11.1 per 100,000.

In 1999, the suicide rate for the most rural counties was about 13 per 100,000, compared with almost 10 per 100,000 in the most urban counties.

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