Two years in a row now, the average life expectancy in the U.S. has dropped. The current opioid epidemic is at fault as more people abuse fentanyl and other opioids whether synthetic or not.
Reports from the National Center for Health Statistics are very shocking when it comes to opioid-related deaths. Last year, over 63,600 people lost their lives. That number is more than triple than the number of deaths in 1999. 66% of those dead, 42,249 people, have died due to overdoses.
Between the years of 2015 and 2016, the number of people fatally overdosing on prescription pills has gone up 14%. The number of deaths from heroin is up almost 20%.
Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops Due To Opioid Overdoses
Researchers are witnessing the average American life expectancy to drop from 78.7 to 78.6. However, the life expectancy has been dropping for some years now due to drug use.
According to officials, these number may not seem too bad. Be that as it may, on national, it means many people aren’t living long lives.
Life expectancy in the U.S. was going up at a point in time. Actually for decades according to the National Center for Health Statistics. In 1993, was the last time it has dropped, and it was due to AIDS.
President Donald Trump is on record saying that the opioid epidemic is now a national health emergency. His declaration, however, did not signal that there would be more funding to fight the issue. It did, on the other hand, bring the issue more to light. The Department of Health and Human services can move more of their funding towards the pandemic.
The number of overdoses has gone up in all age groups. Nonetheless, people 25 and 54 are overdosing the most. Also, there is a discrepancy in gender when it comes to the number of overdoses. It seems that men are overdosing twice as much as women.