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Death rate among young adults: rising

by Hannah Harris & Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/29/19, 12:33 pm

Young adults in the United States are dying more often than they did seven years ago. That reverses the trend of the past 100 years, when public health, sanitation improvements, and the development of antibiotics led to longer lives. Now at a time of general peace, healthcare spending increases, and low unemployment, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report issued last week spotlights the bad news.

Why the increase? One cause: more suicides. Another cause: The rate of drug overdose deaths in 2017 (21.7 per 100,000 Americans) was 3.6 times the rate in 1999. The National Institute on Drug Abuse displays a series of nine charts: heroin deaths, sharply up. Methamphetamine deaths, sharply up. Cocaine deaths, sharply up. Opioid deaths, sharply up. Benzodiazapine deaths, sharply up. Ironically, doctors prescribed some drugs in an attempt to minimize pain—and look at the misery that has resulted.


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Hannah Harris

Hannah is a graduate of World Journalism Institute and a WORLD intern.

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Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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Comments

  • Bob R
    Posted: Mon, 07/29/2019 12:47 pm

    Convince an entire generation that they are merely the product of a mindless series of cosmic accidents, that there is no love, no purpose, no meaning behind their existence, that physical pleasure is the ultimate "good", that sin is normal, then through government handouts destroy any incentive for them to do something useful, what else should we expect?  Tragic loss of what were meant to be millions of abundant, meaningful lives.

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