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Joint Economic Committee Sep 20
Previously, the JEC's explored the long-term trends in deaths of despair, including deaths from opioids. Read about The Numbers Behind the Opioid Crisis:
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 19
What happens after the hearing is over? We continue the conversation over at The Social Capitalists: Post-Hearing Discussions with the Joint Economic Committee Republicans! Subscribe to hear more from and :
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 19
Replying to @JECRepublicans
Case and Deaton have drawn attention to an important public health phenomenon, but we have far to go before understanding its implications for public policy and the health of economic, community, and family life. 👉🏽
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 19
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It's worth emphasizing how challenging the trends are for theories that explain rising “despair” by referring to either economic trends or social capital trends. It is very difficult to find such trends that improve over the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and then worsen after 2000.
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 19
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Family members and friends may seek to numb or end their own despair over the drug addiction or death of a loved one. Whatever the truth, the drug-related mortality trend does seem to reflect something other than simply a rise in “despair.”
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 19
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Or perhaps rising opioid use after 2000 drove up suicides and alcohol-related deaths. Some addicts might increase their alcohol use or turn to suicide in despair.
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 19
It may be that drug-related deaths came to displace suicides and alcohol-related deaths during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. If not for the increase in drug-related deaths, perhaps other deaths of despair would have remained high during this period.
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 18
What is holding people back from having the family they want? Largely the decline in marriage. "Postponed marriage can account for at least half of the increase in the fertility gap over the last decade, & virtually 100% of the increase since 2000."
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 18
How has the affected your community? Find out here ⬇️
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 18
WATCH: JEC Executive Director introduces our latest report, Long-Term Trends in Deaths of Despair. ⬇️
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 17
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In 1968, opioid overdose deaths were a small fraction of overall drug overdose deaths, but since 2015 they have accounted for roughly two-thirds of all drug-related deaths.
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 17
WATCH: JEC Chairman opens last week's hearing on family affordability ⬇️
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 16
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It is difficult to comprehend the full scope and magnitude of the crisis, its causes, and its consequences—for families, communities, and workplaces.
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 16
Deaths by suicide, drug and alcohol poisoning, and alcoholic liver disease and cirrhosis are on the rise. We have far to go before understanding the implications of this crisis for public policy and the health of our economic, community, and family life. Learn more👇🏼
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 13
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The ongoing opioid epidemic is the biggest public health crisis since HIV and AIDS came onto the scene over three decades ago. For more information, click here:
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 13
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What began as a proliferation of prescription opioids has evolved into first a heroin-led and more recently a fentanyl-led crisis. This evolution would have produced more death without the amount of despair changing at all.
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Alexandra DeSanctis Sep 12
How can policy make it more affordable to have a family? My coverage of a Joint Economic Committee hearing from earlier this week:
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 12
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The age-adjusted mortality rate from drug-related causes in 2000 was 5.2 per 100,000, having doubled in ten years. By 2007, drug-related deaths had doubled again. By 2017, the rate had nearly doubled again, standing at 20.5 per 100,000.
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 11
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In a single year, from 2016 to 2017, age-adjusted drug overdoses rose by nearly 10%, amounting to over 70,237 deaths in 2017. The overdose crisis is following a very different trend than those for other “deaths of despair.” Learn more:
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Joint Economic Committee Sep 11
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There were nearly as many opioid overdose deaths in 2017 as there were combined deaths from suicide, alcohol, and all drugs in 2000.
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