This from the New York Times:
U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High
By SABRINA TAVERNISE APRIL 22, 2016
WASHINGTON — Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans, sending a signal of deep anguish from a group whose suicide rates had been stable or falling since the 1950s.
The suicide rate for middle-aged women, ages 45 to 64, jumped by 63 percent over the period of the study, while it rose by 43 percent for men in that age range, the sharpest increase for males of any age. The overall suicide rate rose by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which released the study on Friday.
Statistics on heroin:
A Primer on NY’s Heroin Epidemic
• July 2016
Heroin and opioid use is a major public health and safety crisis
around the world. A recent report from the United Nations Office of
Drugs and Crimes estimates that in 2013 there were 187,100 drug
related deaths worldwide in the age range of 15-64. In 2014, 28,647
deaths occurred due to prescription opioid overdoses, according to
the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Right here in New York,
there were 2,028 reported deaths in 2014, up from 1,601 in 2013.
Opioid and heroin abuse is not limited by demographic, economic, or
geographic limitations. It effects individuals of every age, race, and
gender. The increased availability, lower price, and increased purity
of heroin in the U.S. have been identified as possible contributors
to rising rates of heroin use and overdoses. A tiny, one-dose bag of
heroin costs $5-$10 and is cheaper and more accessible than highly
controlled synthetic opiates like oxycontin or hydrocodone.