“Deaths by Despair”

“Deaths by Despair” includes deaths caused by unintentional drug overdoses, intentional self-harm like suicide, or chronic liver disease/cirrhosis.  These deaths are preventable with effective behavioral health treatment and services to reduce harm from addiction and address mental health. Many of these deaths may be related to untreated Adverse Childhood Experiences.

1 of every 20 deaths results from dispair

2,866 DEATHS

Over the 4-Year Period

median age

2,866 DEATHS

Detailed Cause of Death:


Accidental Poisoning
(including drug overdose)


Intentional Self Harm


Chronic Liver Disease & Cirrhosis