CHA News Article

Suicide, Drug Overdoses Contribute to New Rise in Overall Death Rate

According to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, the U.S. death rate increased last year for the first time in 10 years. Based on 2015 provisional data, the age-adjusted death rate for all causes rose to 729.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015, compared to 723.2 in 2014. Causes of death increased between 2014 and 2015 for — among other things — homicide, firearm-related injury, suicide and unintentional injury, and drug overdose.