THE TOLL

Suburban Drug Overdoses Fuel Spike in Early Deaths

Because of a surge of drug overdoses in suburban areas, premature deaths in the U.S. have increased in the 25-44 age group, according to a new study. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report shows that “where people live plays a key role in how long and how well they live,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, a physician and the foundation’s chief executive. Drug deaths were also up among 15- to 24-year-olds, but more than three times more in that age group died by suicide, homicide, and motor-vehicle crashes. The survey also points to divides among rural and urban areas, as well as along racial differences.