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Iraq war veteran Ryan Ranalli says he has at least five reasons why he won’t make another suicide attempt -- his wife and four children.

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While they seem like the least likely candidates, the elderly are killing themselves with greater regularity than any other age group in Montana. That’s also true across the country, eroding the myth that teens run the highest risk of suicide.

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The 2007 suicide of an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and member of the Montana National Guard from Helena was a wake-up call for the organization.

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Veterans commit suicide at a rate that is twice the national average. In fact, the annual military death toll from suicides has for several years exceeded the number killed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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How did William Hamman, the United Airlines pilot who faked being a cardiologist, get away with it? By speaking with authority and knowing that nobody was going to bother to fact-check his résumé, including the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board.

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Dr. Stephanie Brodine is a professor and head of the division of epidemiology and biostatistics at SDSU's Graduate School of Public Health. She is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases with active research interests and expertise in infectious diseases epidemiology (particularly HIV and AIDS), international health, and health disparities. She is the clinical director of the U.S. Department of Defense's HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, which has HIV prevention and care activities in approximately 70 countries.


The nation’s overdose epidemic has entered a devastating new phase. Drugs laced with fentanyl and even more poisonous synthetics have flooded the streets, as the crisis spreads well beyond the rural, largely white communities that initially drew attention. The death rate is escalating twice as fast among Black people than among white people. This webinar will give journalists deep insights, fresh story ideas and practical tips for covering an epidemic that killed more than 107,000 people in the U.S. last year. Sign-up here!


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