Drugs, Booze and Cigs Killing More Americans Early

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Between 1999 and 2014, premature mortality increased in white individuals and in American Indians and Alaska Natives.  Increases were highest in women and those aged 25–30 years.…These increases were mainly attributable to accidental deaths (primarily drug poisonings), chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, and suicide…During 2011–14, American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest premature mortality, followed by black individuals.
– Important public health successes, including HIV treatment and smoking cessation, have contributed to declining premature mortality in Hispanic individuals, black individuals, and Asians and Pacific Islanders. However, this progress has largely been negated in young and middle-aged (25–49 years) white individuals, and American Indians and Alaska Natives, primarily because of potentially avoidable causes such as drug poisonings, suicide, and chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.
– The magnitude of annual mortality increases in the USA is extremely unusual in high-income countries, and a rapid public health response is needed to avert further premature deaths.

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