Appalachian Diseases of Despair


Author(s): Michael Meit, Megan Hefferman, Erin Tanenbaum, Maggie Cherney, Victoria Hallman
Author Organization(s): The Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis

This study analyzed the impact of diseases of despair on mortality within the Appalachian Region, focusing on mortality from three main causes: alcohol, prescription drug, and illegal drug overdose; suicide; and alcoholic liver disease/cirrhosis of the liver. It served as an update to the 2017 ARC report looking at the same issues, providing three additional years of single-year data that allowed recent trends to be analyzed.