U.S. suicide rates higher, especially for whites
Suicide rates for white people are surging.
The increase is particularly pronounced among middle-age white people who now account for a third of all US suicides. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report did not offer an explanation for the steep rise. However, other experts have pointed to increased abuse of prescription opiates and the financial downturn that began in 2008 as likely factors. CDC reported on Friday that suicides have increased in the US to a rate of 13 per 100,000 people, the highest since 1986.