Suicides, often linked to opioids, spike in rural Michigan and among young

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About every five hours, a Michigan resident dies by suicide. Fatal drug overdoses happen even more frequently.

New research by the University of Michigan suggests an upsurge in opioid overdoses and suicides may be linked. This finding suggests that public health specialists may need to reexamine their approach to policies intended to prevent such tragedies.

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Rural Michigan counties led the state in suicide rates from 1999 to 2017.

“Unlike other common causes of death, overdose and suicide deaths have increased over the last 15 years in the United States,” Amy Bohnert, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School, told Bridge in an interview.

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