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New Study Discovers Startling Trend

A new Center for Disease Control and Prevention study found that death rates appear to be rising among young and middle-age American adults. It’s another reminder of how important our work is.

Researchers found that death rates for adults age 25 to 44 climbed by double digits between 2012 and 2017. While the study didn’t determine why, doctors suspect opioid abuse and obesity could be contributing factors. Unfortunately, these conditions have a tremendous impact on our communities, and people affected by them need our help.

We are addressing these issues head on in ways we believe are making a real difference. For example, our opioid policies are very successful. And our community outreach activities support and educate people on ways to live healthier lives. Not only will we continue these efforts, we’ll do more.

Studies like these shouldn’t discourage us. They should motivate us to keep doing whatever we can to rid our communities of these issues and the many health problems they can cause, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. I know you’re working hard to treat these illnesses, and together, we are and will work hard to prevent them.

How have opioid abuse and obesity affected your community? Let me know by emailing me, tweeting me @jason_m_little or finding me on LinkedIn.

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