April 25, 2016
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that suicide rates in the United States had reached a thirty-year high. According to a study released by the National Center for Health Statistics Friday, rates have increased steadily since 1999, with higher annual percent increases since 2006. Suicide rates have increased particularly among women in this time, although increases occurred across nearly all demographic groups, with the exception of black men. Both the recession of 2008 and the increasing availability of opiate drugs for overdose deaths have been indicated as potentially to blame for this surge.