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New report shows Oregon ranks third among states in alcohol-related deaths

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PORTLAND, Ore. – A new report shows Oregon ranks third among states with the highest number of deaths from alcohol.

Well Being Trust released the report, “Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Crises and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy,” showing numbers from 2015 that ranked Oregon among the top states with alcohol deaths, only behind New Mexico and Wyoming.

In 2015, the report shows Oregon recorded 22.2 alcohol deaths per 100,000 people. That rate is more than double what it was in 1999 – 9 alcohol deaths per 100,000 people.

By 2025, with the recorded rates, the study predicts Oregon’s rate of alcohol deaths will climb to 28.0 per 100,000 by 2025.

The report also recorded deaths from drugs and suicide. When all these death rates from 2015 were combined, Oregon ranked 10th among the states with 54.0 deaths per 100,000.

The study says nationally, there could be 1.6 million deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide in the coming decade. They say this would be a 60 percent increase from the previous decade.

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