US suicide rate spiked in Great Recession

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US and the only common cause of death to rise in 2014, according to latest data coming out of a new study by the Centers for Disease Control.

The suicide rate jumped 24 percent in the years between 1999 and 2014, with an average annual growth of  2 percent from 1999 through 2006, the report said.

Figuring into these figure was the rash of banker suicides beginning in 2013.

The suicide rate for white women ages 45 to 64 rose 80 percent and for white men it was 59 percent in that same cohort between 1999 and 2014, according to a different CDC report.

The CDC reports points out historically that bad economic times also bring on a rise in suicides. As foreclosures and job losses mount beginning in 2009, there was an uptick in suicides.

Another link is the explosive rise in the abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin and other lethal drugs over the last decade.

The number of deaths from the abuse of pain killers and heroin overdoses tripled in the first 14 years of this century. Many of these deaths are classified as suicides.

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