Tragic. But why should this be a surprise? How many states now allow assisted suicide, or have (like NY State) pending legislation. Another manifestation of the Culture of Death. A good video embedded, if you hit the link.
In a report that examines trends in suicide at the state level from 1999 to 2016, the CDC says suicide rates have increased in nearly every state. In half the states, the agency found the rate rose more than 30 percent.
In releasing the report — the same week fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead by suicide — CDC officials noted that more than half of those who died by suicide — 54 percent — did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition.
In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans 10 or older died by suicide....
Opioids were present in 31 percent of those who died by suicide. While Stone acknowledged that a person’s intentions are not always clear when drugs are present, these were deemed to be suicides by self-inflicted poisoning.
In a 2016 report, the CDC found that U.S. suicide rates jumped 24 percent from 1999 to 2014. That rise was driven by stark increases in suicides by white women and Native Americans.
In the age group of greatest vulnerability to suicide — 45 to 64 — that report found rates among women in 2014 vaulted 80 percent over 1999’s rates. The trend has begun to close a longstanding gender gap in suicide, in which men were far more likely to take their own lives.
Dr. Steven H. Woolf, a Virginia Commonwealth University physician who has studied suicide in the U.S., says the trend of rising self-harm is now well established.