National Center for Campus Public Safety

Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Suicide and the Millennial Generation — A Devastating Impact

Trust for America's Health and Well Being Trust, 2019

In 2017, more than 152,000 Americans died from alcohol- and drug-induced fatalities and suicide. That’s the highest number ever recorded and more than twice as many as in 1999. The largest number of these deaths, almost half, were the result of drug overdoses—more than the peak annual total from HIV, guns, or car crashes. Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust have called for immediate and sustained attention and investment in a National Resilience Strategy to address this rising death toll. 

This issue brief focuses on four areas related to alcohol and drug use and suicide by people in their 20s and early 30s. Those areas of focus are: 

1. Risk and resilience factors; 

2. Access to health insurance and quality mental health and substance use disorder care and services; 

3. The multigenerational impact of alcohol, drugs, and suicide; and 

4. The criminal justice system.

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