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Minnesota agency reports increase in 'cluster of deaths' from alcohol, overdoses and suicides


March 20, 2019

The death toll from suicide, opioids and alcohol continues to rise in Minnesota, a state agency reported Monday, March 18.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 422 lost lives in Minnesota from opioids in 2017, 636 from alcohol and 783 by suicide. All three numbers have increased steadily since 1999, according to the health department's report: by 79 percent for suicide, by 94 percent for alcohol and by 681 percent for opioids.


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