US Trends in Suicide, Drug Overdose, Firearm Homicides


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For comparison, we should look at some international rates. For suicide:

Country name Suicide Rate
per 100,000 people
Male
per 100,000 people
Female
per 100,000 people
Year
Belarus 36.8 63.3 10.3 2003
Lithuania 31.85 53.9 9.8 2007
Russia 31.7 53.9 9.5 2006
Sri Lanka 30.7 44.6 16.8 1991
Kazakhstan 27.6 46.2 9 2007
Hungary 26.75 42.3 11.2 2005
Japan 24.75 35.8 13.7 2007
Ukraine 23.95 40.9 7 2005
Guyana 22.7 33.8 11.6 2005
Korea, South 21.85 29.6 14.1 2006
Slovenia 21.7 33.7 9.7 2007
Estonia 21.4 35.5 7.3 2005
Latvia 20.9 34.1 7.7 2007
Serbia 19.75 28.4 11.1 2006
Finland 18.95 28.9 9 2007
Belgium 18.35 27.2 9.5 1999
Croatia 18.3 26.9 9.7 2006
Switzerland 17.6 23.5 11.7 2006
France 17.25 25.5 9 2006
Uruguay 16.15 26 6.3 2004
Moldova 16.15 28 4.3 2007
Poland 15.6 26.8 4.4 2006
Austria 15.6 23.8 7.4 2007
Hong Kong 15.4 19.3 11.5 2006
Suriname 14.35 23.9 4.8 2005
China 13.9 13 14.8 1999
Czech Republic 13.5 22.7 4.3 2007
Sweden 13.2 18.1 8.3 2006
Bulgaria 13.2 19.7 6.7 2004
Slovakia 12.85 22.3 3.4 2005
New Zealand 12.6 18.9 6.3 2005
Cuba 12.25 19.6 4.9 2006
Trinidad and Tobago 12.2 20.4 4 2002
Germany 11.95 17.9 6 2006
Denmark 11.95 17.5 6.4 2006
Bosnia and Herzegovina 11.8 20.3 3.3 1991
Iceland 11.75 18.9 4.6 2007
Portugal 11.7 17.9 5.5 2004
Romania 11.45 18.9 4 2007
Norway 11.4 16.8 6 2006
Canada 11.35 17.3 5.4 2004
United States 11.1 17.7 4.5 2005
Luxembourg 11 17.7 4.3 2005
India 10.65 12.2 9.1 1998
Ireland 10.6 17.4 3.8 2007
Australia 10.55 16.7 4.4 2004
Mauritius 10.4 16 4.8 2007
Chile 10.4 17.4 3.4 2005
Singapore 10.3 12.9 7.7 2006
Kyrgyzstan 9.05 14.4 3.7 2006
Turkmenistan 8.65 13.8 3.5 1998
Netherlands 8.3 11.6 5 2007
Argentina 8.05 12.7 3.4 2005
Zimbabwe 7.9 10.6 5.2 1990
Thailand 7.9 12 3.8 2002
Spain 7.9 12 3.8 2005
Costa Rica 7.85 13.2 2.5 2006
Saint Lucia 7.7 10.4 5 2002
Puerto Rico 7.6 13.2 2 2005
Belize 7.5 13.4 1.6 2001
Nicaragua 7.2 11.1 3.3 2005
El Salvador 6.95 10.2 3.7 2006
Ecuador 6.8 9.1 4.5 2006
Macedonia 6.75 9.5 4 2003
United Kingdom 6.45 10.1 2.8 2007
Malta 6.4 12.3 0.5 2007
Italy 6.35 9.9 2.8 2006
Israel 6 8.7 3.3 2005
Grenada 5.85 9.8 1.9 2005
Panama 5.6 10.4 0.8 2006
Colombia 4.95 7.8 2.1 2005
Uzbekistan 4.65 7 2.3 2005
Brazil 4.6 7.3 1.9 2005
Seychelles 4.55 9.1 0 1987
Paraguay 4.1 5.5 2.7 2004
Mexico 4.05 6.8 1.3 2006
Albania 4 4.7 3.3 2003
Venezuela 3.75 6.1 1.4 2005
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3.65 7.3 0 2004
Greece 3.55 5.9 1.2 2006
Bahrain 2.7 4.9 0.5 1988
Tajikistan 2.6 2.9 2.3 2001
Cyprus 2.5 3.2 1.8 2006
Armenia 2.45 3.9 1 2006
Guatemala 2.35 3.6 1.1 2006
Georgia 2.25 3.4 1.1 2001
Philippines 2.1 2.5 1.7 1993
Kuwait 1.95 2.5 1.4 2002
Dominican Republic 1.6 2.6 0.6 2004
Bahamas, The 0.95 1.9 0 2002
Sao Tome and Principe 0.9 0 1.8 1987
Peru 0.85 1.1 0.6 2000
Barbados 0.7 1.4 0 2001
Azerbaijan 0.65 1 0.3 2007
Maldives 0.35 0.7 0 2005
Iran 0.2 0.3 0.1 1991
Jamaica 0.15 0.3 0 1990
Syria 0.1 0.2 0 1985
Egypt 0.05 0.1 0 1987
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According to the above Chartsbin table, US suicide rates are not particularly high compared with those of most other nations.

Now, comparing global homicide rates:

Global Homicide Rates … Image Source: Economist

In the above image, we can see that US homicide rates fall far below the much higher rates seen in Russia and much of the third world — particularly in sub Saharan Africa and Central America. Given that crime rates in impoverished nations are not likely to be compiled as carefully as in more developed countries, the homicide rates above for third world countries are likely to be understated.

Statistics for accidental overdose deaths are more difficult to come by, for international comparison. According to this source (PDF), Russia has 6.6 drug overdose deaths / 100,000, followed by the US at 6.2 / 100,000, the EU at 4.4 / 100,000, and Australia at 3.1 / 100,000. But given Russia’s collapsing public health infrastructure, it is likely that Russian drug overdose rates are significantly higher than reported.

Even so, drug overdoses in the US and drug dependency in the US have risen to disturbing levels — and may continue to rise significantly higher, unless the US government undergoes significant downsizing and reshaping.

The massive and overweening US government reduces hope and opportunity in the general populace, creating despair and an increasing tendency to seek escape into mind-dulling and mind-altering activities. Of course, we see the same trends toward hopelessness in populations of Russia, the EU, and across the Anglosphere, as governments attempt to infantalise citizens into a hopeless dependency on central authority.

In summary, although suicide, drug overdose, and (firearm) homicides are said to be epidemics within the US, we can see that overall, the US does not stand out from other nations by those statistics.

Residents of North America — like residents of the rest of the Anglosphere and the EU — need to learn to increase their independence from governments that stifle and suffocate human opportunity and human aspirations. I would like to recommend The Dangerous Child Method of Education and Child-Raising as a modest beginning.

Worldwide Suicide Rates

Worldwide Drug Overdose (PDF)

Worldwide Homicide Rates

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