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Deaths of despair are higher among black and Native Americans, study finds

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q863 (Published 15 April 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q863
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

Deaths of despair—from drug overdoses, alcoholic liver disease, and suicide—are now higher among black and Native Americans aged 45-54 since the trend was identified in 2015, a study from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) has found.1

Deaths of despair were first identified among middle aged white Americans without a college degree nearly 10 years ago2 but that study did not include Native Americans. It suggested that people dying from deaths of despair were white Americans without a college degree who experienced declining social and economic conditions. …

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