Pain in the Nation: The Epidemics of Alcohol, Drugs, and Suicide Deaths
In 2017, TFAH began the Pain in the Nation report series to examine the alcohol, drug, and suicide crises in the United States. When the series began, drug-induced causes accounted for 55,403 deaths per year, a rate of 17.2 deaths per 100,000 people. The first Pain in the Nation report projected that, if mortality trends held steady, drug-induced deaths would reach 28.4 deaths per 100,000 people in 2025. That projection was low and was reached by 2020—within half the time expected.