Drug Deaths Depress US Life Expectancy

Drug overdose deaths account for a 3-and-1/2-month drop in American life expectancy, according to a new CDC analysis of life-expectancy trends between 2000 and 2015.

“It really underlines how serious the problem of opioid overdose has become in the US,” says lead author Deborah Dowell. “In general we don’t see decreases in life expectancy attributable to a single cause that are of this magnitude.”

Americans’ life expectancy gained two years between 2000 and 2015, but overdose, combined with Alzheimer’s disease, suicide and liver disease, blunted the growth between 2014 and 2015.

The US’s last drop in life expectancy came in 1993, at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Source: TIME

Related: Women with Opioid Addiction Live With Daily Fear Of Assault, Rape – NPR Shots

Related: ‘The Pills Are Everywhere’: How the Opioid Crisis Claims Its Youngest Victims—The New York Times

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