Yes, you heard that right the U.S average life expectancy has dropped down a bit again for the 2nd consecutive year. The Opioid Drug overdose could be a possible reason for this situation. As per the study and researches conducted in the U.S, it has been found that the opioid drugs have highly contributed to the decrease in the life expectancy.
U.S Life Expectancy likely to Decline for the Second Consecutive Year
The CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) released a report on the death rates and the life expectancy rates in the U.S – and the 2016 reports showed decreased in the average age from that of the previous 2015 results.
Well, the age figure was 78.7 years in 2015, and it was now 78.6 years. This may not seem like a big difference to you, but the point decimal change matters a lot when we consider it for a big population.
Along with the Americans’ Life Expectancy rates, there has been a slight reshuffling found in the top causes of death. There was the mention of Unintentional Injuries which topped on the Number 3 position.
Unintentional Injuries are the ones which are caused when the person is on a high drug overdose. Another shocking thing was to see how this Cause overtook the Chronic Respiratory Diseases as it became the 3rd cause of Death. The heart and cancer still remain steady on the first and the second place.
Also, the number of drug cases reported increased from 47,000 to 64,000 from the year 2015 to 2016. This count is going to be changed every year, but it doesn’t seem to decrease for the coming years too.
On the other hand, CDC mentioned that the number of people per 1 lakh persons who died in the year 2016 has reduced by 0.6% compared to the last year. But it’s the life expectancy which has reduced due to some unfortunate reasons.
Checking the death rates, it’s found to be slightly higher for the younger age groups. Whereas, the women still live a longer life than men with a life expectancy of 81.1 years compared to the 76.1 years in men.