Drug deaths up 20% in women aged 15 to 44: 6 findings

The drug death rate went up 20 percent per 100,000 women aged 15 to 44 since 2016, according to the 2018 Health of Women and Children Report.

To better understand the changing health of women and children across the U.S., the report used 62 health indicators, including those examining the community and environment, clinical care, behaviors, policies and health outcomes.

Here are six findings from the report.

1. The report found drug death rates are higher among women aged 35 to 44 compared with women aged 15 to 24 and 25 to 34.

2. The teen suicide rate increased 6 percent from 8.4 to 8.9 suicides per 100,000 adolescents aged 15 to 19.

3. Teen suicide rates are highest among American Indian & Alaska Native populations, followed by white, Hispanic and black teens.

4. The U.S. maternal mortality rate increased 4 percent per 100,000 live births. The maternal mortality rate measures deaths from causes related to or aggravated by pregnancy and childbirth.

5. The maternal mortality rate among black women is 2.5 times higher than the rate among white women. Additionally, the maternal mortality rate among black women is four times higher than the rate among Asian/Pacific Islanders and Hispanic women.

6. Black children face the highest child mortality rate across racial/ethnic groups, with a mortality rate more than 2 times higher than the rate for Asian children and 1.5 times higher than the rate for white children.

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