A record number of Americans died of drugs, alcohol or suicide in 2019, just a year before the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report says.
"The most important key takeaway here is we are dying earlier from preventable causes than we ever have before," Dr. Ben Miller, chief strategy officer of Well Being Trust, tells U.S. News. "The reason we are dying is what we call deaths of despair. And these are deaths of drug, alcohol and suicide. We continue to go in the wrong direction with trends."