Report finds growing death rate in rural Missouri

Registered nurse Chrissie Burkhiser disinfects a wheelchair in the emergency room at the 25-bed Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Mo., in this Nov. 24, 2020 file photo. Scotland County Hospital serves rural northeast Missouri, particularly Memphis, which has fewer than 2,000 people. (AP/Jeff Roberson)
Registered nurse Chrissie Burkhiser disinfects a wheelchair in the emergency room at the 25-bed Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Mo., in this Nov. 24, 2020 file photo. Scotland County Hospital serves rural northeast Missouri, particularly Memphis, which has fewer than 2,000 people. (AP/Jeff Roberson)


Rural residents in Missouri are more likely to die from all the state's top 10 leading causes of death than their urban peers.

Particularly in rural Missouri, deaths from fatal drug overdoses have increased by 127 percent and suicide deaths by 26 percent over the last decade.