Trending News Today: Suicide Rates See Sharp Increase Across United States

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A new CDC report found that US suicide rates have sharply increased from 1999 to 2016, rising in nearly every state and spiking by more than 30% in half of the country, according to the Associated Press. In the report, the CDC said that more than half of individuals who committed suicide in 27 states in 2015 had not been diagnosed with a mental illness. Nearly 45,000 people committed suicide in 2016, making it 1 of 3 leading causes of death on the rise in the United States, according to the report.

Health care is a top issue among voters in the November midterm elections, The Hill reported. According to a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll, more than 1 in 5 voters (22%) consider health care a top issue. The economy and jobs followed at 19%, with guns at 13%, taxes and spending at 11%, and immigration at 10%, according to the article. The poll was conducted June 1-4 among 900 registered voters and has a margin error of 3.3 percentage points, the article said.

A recently-released government report has found that superbug infections are on the rise among individuals who inject drugs, the Associated Press reported. The report said that users of heroin and other injection drugs were 16 times more likely than other people to develop severe illnesses from MRSA. Approximately 39,000 invasive MRSA cases were reported based on data from 2005 through 2016, including about 2100 cases among people who inject drugs, according to the article.