The death rate from suicide, overdose, and alcohol has reached its highest level in the United States, but some countries have been hit harder than others, according to a report published on Wednesday by the British Community Fund  The report explores the data in all 50 countries and Washington, examining in depth 47 factors that impact on health outcomes, including insurance cover, access to doctors, obesity, smoking, even tooth loss, and ultimately distribution read the result. Data from 2017
Although rates of so-called deaths of despair are at national level, investigators in the report have been particularly struck by regional differences in percentages. "When we look at what's happening in the middle ̵
This is not just a prescription painkillers and heroin that move these deaths. The authors of the study also suggest that fentanyl and other potent synthetic opioids influx into illicit drugs such as cocaine. Fentanylis, similar to morphine, but 50 to 100 times stronger, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
Suicide and alcohol mortality also showed regional differences. People die at higher levels of suicide or alcohol than drugs in Montana, Nebraska, Dakota, Oregon, and Wyoming.
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What divides the highest ranked countries from the lowest?
"We really think access to healthcare is at the core of a highly effective healthcare system," Radley said.
Countries at the bottom of the list have had the highest levels
"Without the chance to go to a doctor when you need, it's much more likely to get sick in a way that puts you in the hospital with a painful illness such as diabetes
In 2017, five of the 17 countries that did not extend access to Medicaid through the Accessibility Care Act had the highest levels of uninsured adults
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Massachusetts, which extended access to Medicaid and also provided another da Aid to compensate for healthcare costs, had the lowest rate of uninsured adults in 2017, at 4%, Texas, which refused to expand access to Medicaid, had the highest rate of 24%.
But rising costs also affect people who have health care, according to the report.
"Health spending rises Higher bonuses are passed on to employees," Radley said.
He pointed out that in Louisiana, for example, working families spend an average of 10% of their income on health care premiums. These are money that was spent before pocket spending, such as prescriptions and plans.
Other southern states follow similar trends. Average employee health insurance contributions were at least 8% of the income in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Delaware
The authors of the report say there is evidence expanding access to Medicaid has had a positive impact even in the nation-leading nation in overdose mortality: West Virginia. The state has extended Medicaid's access in 2014, paving the way for increased access to drug abuse treatment. fulfilled. By 2016, three-fourths of people with opioid addiction prescribed a drug that is used to treat their dependence. That's less than a third, just before West Virginia expanded Medicaid.
Specific country-by-country information can be found in the Interactive Tool of the British Community Fund.
If you or someone you know is in a crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-8255, enter HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.
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