About 2.5 million Americans die each year. However, a recent study has shown that people living in Nevada have a higher rate of suicide, are more likely to die young, of substance abuse, and specific chronic illnesses than the national average according to the Las Vegas Sun. Nevada is said to have the 12th highest death rate in people under 65. It is the only western state with such high numbers of young people dying. About 285 people per 100,000 people younger than 65 died each year from 1999 to 2004, when the study was conducted which looked at 14.5 million deaths.

The state’s most deadly killer is accidental poisoning and exposure to noxious substances which is twice the national rate. Cark County has the third highest rate of fatal drug overdoses for counties with over 1 million people. Liver disease as the result of alcohol was nearly twice the national rate as well.

The suicide rate is also twice the national average. While this is alarming, the government has recently found that teen suicides have begun to rise after a decade long decrease. The reason for this may be a drop in the use of antidepressants. From 2003 to 2004, it was shown that suicide rates climbed 18 percent for Americans under age 20 from 1,737 to 1,985 deaths. They believe that suicide prevention programs, drugs, and therapy helped in the decline in the 1990’s. Funding cuts for school-based suicide prevention programs may have contributed to the increase. Nevada itself has a poor mental health system. Researchers also believe that gambling, social isolation, and substance abuse may be to blame for its excess of suicides. Residents of the state are also the 15th least active in the country and have a poorer diet with less fruit and vegetable consumption. Whatever the case, this is one statistic that any state should not want to be a part of.


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