Lowered Life Expectancy

Opioid abuse is blamed for lowered life expectancy in the United States.

Drug abuse is being blamed for decreased life expectancy in the U.S. for a second year in a row. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control says the life expectancy at birth was 78.6 years, down 0.1 percent from 2015. The life expectancy rate dropped last year as well. Officials say drugs -opioids in particular- are a significant contributing factor. According to the CDC, about 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016, 22 percent higher than the year before. The rate of overdose deaths when it comes to synthetic opioids (fentanyl, tramadol) doubled from 2015 to 2016. Overdose deaths are categorized as “Unintentional injuries” in the CDC’s mortality report, and unintentional injures are now rank third leading cause of death.