Suicide Among Military Veterans Especially High In The Western US And Rural Areas

The AP (9/16, Yen) reported, “Suicide among military veterans is especially high in the western US and rural areas,” researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs found. The data reveal that “wide state-by-state disparities and suggest social isolation, gun ownership and access to health care may be factors.” The article also cited statistics on suicide rates for veterans versus non-veterans, and quotes a RAND epidemiologist who said the data begs “closer investigation into why suicide rates by veteran status are higher, including the role that opiates play.” The Hill (9/16, Delk) and the Fox News (9/17) website also covered the story.

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— “Suicide among veterans highest in western US, rural areas,” HOPE YEN, AP via The Brunswick News, September 16, 2017.

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