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The trend is clear: Rural America is literally fading away. It shouldn't come as a surprise, therefore, that the opioid overdose epidemic has hit rural states, like Kentucky and West Virginia, especially hard. And the latest research from the CDC also shouldn't come as a surprise: Suicides in rural America (labeled as non-core) have increased over 40% in 16 years.
From 1999 to 2015, suicide rates increased everywhere in America. On average, across the U.S., suicides increased from 12.2 per 100,000 to 15.7 per 100,0002, an increase of just under 30%. However, in rural America, the suicide rate surged over 40%3, from just over 15 per 100,000 to roughly 22 per 100,000. Similarly, the suicide rate in micropolitan areas (defined as having a population between 10,000-49,999) went from 14 per 100,000 to 19 per 100,000, an increase of around 35%.
Overdoses are now the leading cause of death of Americans under the age of 50. According to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times, deaths last year likely topped 59,000 -- 19 percent more than the year before. In Ohio, they were up even more.
With a median household income of $40,581, millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at the same stage of life, despite being better educated, according to a new analysis of Federal Reserve data by the advocacy group Young Invincibles.
A recent survey from Bankrate said 53 percent of workers ages 18 to 35 will not take at least some of their paid vacation for 2016. The personal finance site polled 1,000 adults in the U.S. from Dec. 8 to Dec. 11.
Joe is one of the many victims of Obamacare. His doctors say he needs surgery to repair the nerve damage in his lower back and pelvis, but his insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield, won’t cover it. In most of North Carolina, including Union County where Joe and his family live, Blue Cross is the only health insurer still offering coverage on the exchanges established by Obamacare. The only treatment Blue Cross will cover for Joe is pain medication—a battery of prescription drugs he must take daily, including what he calls “comatose-inducing” muscle-relaxers and opioids.
originally posted by: toysforadults
a reply to: skunkape23
The amount of crap I've seen happen to my age group is insane. I think the economic downturn of 2008 did some real serious damage along with the rise of gangsta rap culture in the 90's.
I know it seems crazy to blame music but the facts are that the music had a massive impact on our inner city culture regardless.
Also, now that I think of it, it kind of hit out of the blue. When I was a teenager big drugs weren't really aroung on pot and drinking but BOOM all of a sudden everyone was on heroine overnight.
More than half of last year’s murders occurred in only 2 percent of the nation’s counties.
Looking at the historical data, the CPRC said that murders were even more geographically concentrated in decades past. On average, 73 percent of counties in any given year had zero murders from 1977 to 2000.
Anyone who's anyone knows if we really wanted to be worthwhile we'd all be and think progressive and move to the big cities like the other technocrats, and if we can't, then we're losers.
And that is the attitude you get day in and day out. Its amounts to subtle psychological warfare against entire areas of the country.