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Saturday, 23 April 2016 - 6:49
US suicide rate surges, particularly among white people
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According to a new report, the suicide rate in the US has surged to its highest level in almost three decades.

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 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.

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