America’s opioid crisis behind ‘shocking’ two-year drop in life expectancy
Boston paramedics face front lines of U.S. opioid crisis CREDIT: REUTERS Rozina Sabur, Washington DECEMBER 2017
America’s worsening opioid crisis has caused life expectancy to fall for the second year running for the first time in more than half a century.
The average life expectancy in the US is now 78.6 years – down by 0.1 years, figures from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) found.
It is the first consecutive drop in life expectancy since 1962-63 and surpasses the previous one-year dip in 1993 at the height of the Aids epidemic.
America’s opioid addiction crisis – caused by the over-prescription of opioid-based painkillers – has been blamed for the trend. For complete Story click here Lifespan