U.S. Drug Crisis and Declining Life Expectancy

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Life expectancy at birth has declined for the second year in a row, in part due to the 21% increase in deaths from drug overdose (based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to the initial decline in 2015, there has not been a drop in life expectancy in the U.S. since 1993 – during a heightened period of the AIDS epidemic.

The decline in overall life expectancy was attributed to a decrease in the life expectancy of men from 76.3 to 76.1 years. Drug overdose rates are higher in men. The life expectancy for women remained level at 81.1 years.

Read the article in The Washington Post.