35 Year Period Of Study Says; Cases of Most Drug-Related Deaths Are Up Over 600 Percent


The battle against the substance abuse has been a flinty 35 years, as per a new analysis. Altogether, the study found that the soar was over 600 percent in death cases related to usage of drug in the United States, between the year 1980-2014, which also included self-harm, substance abuse, and interpersonal violence. The outcomes appeared on Tuesday, in the American Medical Association Journal.

Opioid painkillers, both non-prescription and prescription, were suggested to be the main devil behind drug deaths. At the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the lead author of the study; Dr. Laura Dwyer-Lindgren, and faculty member of that institute told that to their knowledge, this study is the first ever at the county level for considering i=disorders of drug use and differentiate between unintentional and intentional overdoses.

Generally, the standardized rate of drug usage deaths back in 2014 was almost 10.4 people per 100,000, compared to about 1.4 in the year 1980. But geographically, the rise was almost ubiquitous; almost 100 percent of the entire all the counties of U.S. had raised numbers of death from the use of drugs, although the amounts of the increases were variant. The entire time period overall, deaths from liquor consumption disorders decreased worldwide. That was the true cause of self-harm as well. But it’s since 2000; the deaths of self-harm have taken a different turn, raising it by almost 11 percent across the United States.

The researchers analyzed the records of death by county and made use of new techniques of math modeling for understanding how substance abuse had an impact over various places. Self-harm accounted for deaths over 1.2 million in the U.S., interpersonal violence accounted for deaths more than 760,000, and disorders in alcohol use accounted for over 250,000 deaths. The majorly affected areas in drug deaths of over 5,000 percent were West Virginia, Counties in Kentucky, and eastern Oklahoma and Indiana.

Overall the interpersonal-violence decreased significantly, during the 35 year time-span of the study, although there were some places where it had seen a rise. However, it may seem that the urban areas would have suffered the most violent deaths, but researchers said that the case was different as the study shows.