Inet lecture - Landscapes of despair
introduced by Nunzia PenelopeAmericans are killing themselves at an alarming rate. Since 1999, nearly 2 million people living in the U.S. died from causes related to drugs, alcohol, and suicide. The highest rates are among young and middle-aged whites, especially those living in small cities and rural areas. This presentation will describe trends in drug, alcohol, and suicide mortality in the U.S., identify some of the economic explanations for why rates have increased over the past two decades, and describe the demographic, economic, and social characteristics of the places where mortality rates are the highest.