Drug Overdose Is Leading Cause of Premature Death
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New numbers released Wednesday show drug overdoses are causing premature deaths across the country.

The 2017 County Health Rankings show the sharpest uptick in deaths is among people between the ages of 15 and 44.

In 2015, the leading cause of death among 25-to-44 year olds was drug overdose, the report says. There was a sharp uptick in the suburbs with drug overdoses increasing by 5.4 percent, climbing to highest rate in a decade. Premature deaths due to drug overdoses were highest among whites...

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