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'Generation X' most likely to die by suicide and drug poisoning

Office for National Statistics have published an article which shows that a generation of people born in the 1960s and 1970s, known as Generation X, have consistently been dying from suicide or drug poisoning in greater numbers than any other generation.

Ben Humberstone, Deputy Director for Health and Life Events, said: “Since the late 1980s to early 1990s, we’ve seen that those who are part of the so-called ‘Generation X’ have been consistently more likely to die by either suicide or drug poisoning than any other generation.

“The reason behind these deaths are complex, but our most recent data suggests that those currently living in the most deprived communities are at the highest risk.

“As an organisation we want to mobilise the power of data to help Britain make better decisions and improve lives. Through this kind of analysis of published data we hope to provide new insights which can help inform policy makers who are working to help reduce the risks for these vulnerable groups.

Details available here.

Also see Wirral Intelligence Service Drug Misuse JSNA (May 2019)