The US Has a Higher Overdose Death Rate Than Any Other Wealthy Nation – Gizmodo

Photo: Tom Pennington / Stringer (Getty Images) The U.S. is in the middle of a devastating drug overdose crisis, one led by opioid-related deaths. But new research out of the University of Southern California highlights just how historically awful the situation really is. It found that the drug overdose mortality in America has shot clear past any similarly wealthy country—with an annual death rate now almost 30 times higher than countries like Japan and Italy. USC sociologist Jessica Ho looked at overdose death trends from 18 high-income countries across a 30-year span stretching back to 1994. Advertisement Throughout the 1990s, ...

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