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A graph showing the age standardized mortality rate from self-harm and interpersonal violence for both sexes in 2014 from a UW study. Graph credit: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
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By Johanna Eurich and Steve Heimel

The rate of suicide and homicide in the Kusilvak Census Area, located along the lower Yukon River in Alaska, more than doubled since 1980, a rate increase higher than anywhere else in the nation.

A study from the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation mapped how people in the U.S. died during those years. Its finding for the area is disturbing.

The area’s small population numbers were adjusted to be able to compare rates with larger population areas.While the finding from the University of Washington does come with some caveats, Abraham Flaxman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health, says it raises a red flag.

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