Life expectancy in the United States has declined slightly but steadily in recent years. Much of this is due to the abuse of opioids, which have resulted in the loss of many lives. Although the overall decline was small, the trend was quite pronounced. The good news is that the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that life expectancy in the U.S. is ending the decline.
(From: CDC, via BGR)
The average life expectancy of Americans born in the United States has risen for the first time since 2014, reaching 78.7. Despite only a 0.1 year increase, there are signs that some measures to address the opioid crisis may be working.
Although life expectancy changes are usually small, life expectancy for Children born in the United States has been steadily increasing until 2015, when they reached a decline.
Life expectancy remained in 2016, but fell sharply again in 2017, with the CDC blaming a surge in deaths from opioid abuse and suicide.
Although the overall life expectancy in the new report has increased by an impressive 0.1 years, this is actually a huge increase, taking into account all aspects of the population.
According to the CDC’s own data, the number of deaths from drug overdoses fell by 4.1 percentage points between 2017 and 2018, which appears to be a huge boost to the decline in life expectancy in the United States.
Despite the good news, departments are still lax. After all, the death rate from drug overdoses is still about three times what it was 20 years ago. Only if the measures are done will Americans’ life expectancy grow at a healthy rate.