UNH research shows spike in mortality rate due to drugs, alcohol and suicide
DURHAM — New research from the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire found the national mortality rate from deaths caused by drugs, alcohol and suicide rose 52 percent from 2000-2014.
Most of the increase is due to a rise in prescription opioid and heroin overdoses, according to the school.
The study found that middle aged white males had the highest drug, alcohol and suicide mortality rates, and that white female's drug, alcohol and suicide mortality rates were increasing the fastest.
The study listed 12 states, including New Hampshire, where more than half of all deaths involving young white adults from 2010 to 2014 were due to drugs, alcohol or suicide.
View the full report on the UNH website.