33,000 “Excess Deaths”—and No Smoking Gun

They live in the country that spends by far the most on health care—yet for the past decade more young Americans have been dying in the prime of their lives.

A “strikingly bleak” JAMA report counted 33,000 “excess deaths” since 2010, and the trend spans gender, racial and ethnic groups. 
 
Life expectancy increased for many decades, then progress stalled and has backtracked since 2014. The US has trailed its peers since 1998.
 
Opioids are a major factor—but the breadth of the problem points to a multidimensional scourge with a laundry list of culprits from obesity to distracted driving.

The Washington Post

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