Newly released data show that 151,964 Americans died due to alcohol, drugs or suicide in 2018. This national death rate for alcohol, drug and suicide deaths was only very slightly lower than what it had been in 2017 despite progress in reducing some types of opioid overdose, according to a new report by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust.
- The national combined death rate due to alcohol, drugs and suicide was about level with the year prior – 2017. That’s the first time since the data collection began in 1999 that there has not been a large increase in the overall alcohol, drugs and suicide death rate.
- Prescription opioid deaths were down but overall opioid deaths are still on the rise, with deaths involving synthetic opioids up 10 percent.
- For the year, alcohol deaths were up 4 percent and suicide deaths were up 2 percent.
- American Indians, Asians, Blacks, Latinos and older adults all experienced increases in drug-induced deaths between 2017 and 2018. Blacks and American Indians had the largest absolute increase.
- All racial and ethnic minority groups experienced larger proportional changes in suicides rates than did Whites.