Remember the graph I made showing the suicide trend for men crossing over from prostate cancer?
Let me layer on unintentional drug overdoses:
Yeah, it’s as bad as it looks.
While death rates due to suicide increased by about 30% over the 20-year period, death rates due to unintentional drug overdoses increased by over 500%.
None of this is really a surprise. I’ve written about the drug OD problem many times before, which had a horrible trend before the pandemic and got much, much worse during the pandemic.
Much of the increase came in 2020 and 2021 — over 30% in 2020, and 17% in 2021. These are huge increases on rates that were already bad.
Author(s): Mary Pat Campbell
Publication Date: 29 Nov 2022
Publication Site: STUMP at substack