Overdose deaths in the United States tripled from 1999 to 2014. The dramatic increase was attributed to the abuse of Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Heroin, and Fentanyl. Suicide rates were at their highest levels in 30 years during the same period. A 24 percent increase according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Increases among girls and middle-aged women were the most alarming. Suicides rose by 240 percent for those ages 10-14 and by 80 percent for ages 45-64. The surge in suicides has been attributed to drug overdoses. Overdoses are being ruled as suicides by Medical Examiners and Coroners if they believe the overdose was intentional.
Overdose deaths continued to increase in 2016. Chicago reported a 42 percent increase in Heroin deaths compared to 2015. Baltimore saw a 65 percent increase from January through September of 2016. Milwaukee saw Fentanyl deaths rise 120 percent in 2016.
"The depth of addiction is causing more chaos and more despair than any other time I can remember." - Don Holder, Executive Director of Hebron Colony Ministries, Boone, NC.
Source: Decision Magazine February 2017 by Bob Paulson