Drug Poisoning Deaths

Middle-aged generation most likely to die by suicide and drug poisoning

Now in their 40s and 50s, the so-called Generation X are dying in greater numbers by suicide or drug poisoning than any other age group.

A generation of people born in the 1960s and 1970s, known as Generation X, are dying from suicide or drug poisoning in greater numbers.

Office for National Statistics data for England and Wales has shown that in the late 1980s to early 1990s, the age at which most people died by taking their own lives or drug poisoning was concentrated around this generation, when they were in their 20s.

Since that time, deaths from these two causes have continued to affect the same generation, who are currently in their 40s and 50s to a higher degree than any other.

This effect has also been seen in the USA and Canada.

Progress - National Consortium of Consultant Nurses in Dual Diagnosis & Substance Use