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Generation X notorious for drug poisoning and suicide

Stigma may be a reason for their reluctance to seek help


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People born in 1960s and 1970s are more likely to die from suicide and drug poisoning.

Fatalities began to rise when Generation X reached their 20s.

Drug poisoning due to heroin and other opioids led to higher number of deaths.

Even in their middle age, rates of suicide and drug poisoning are high within Generation X.

Unemployment, financial instability and poverty are important risk factors for suicide.

Even among the most deprived communities suicide rates are higher among the middle-aged.

Data for England and Wales provided by Office for National Statistics.

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Public Health England (PHE)

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Life Expectancy, Recreational Drugs