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How Deaths From Opioids Have Impacted US Life Expectancy

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Life expectancy in the United States ticked upward between 2000 and 2015, but that rise was blunted by increasing rates of opioid-related deaths, The 17,400 deaths from opioids in 2000 increased to about 52,400 deaths in 2015


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Fiona Ogilvie (561)
Thursday September 21, 2017, 6:41 pm
Drug-overdose deaths contributed to a decrease in life expectancy of 0.28 years, with opioid-related deaths accounting for 0.21 years of life expectancy lost, according to the report.

In fact, the loss of life expectancy from drug overdoses was as big as the loss of life expectancy from Alzheimer's disease, suicide, chronic liver disease and septicemia combined, according to the report. The reason the overall loss of life expectancy isn't larger, however, is that death rates from other types of unintentional deaths, such as car accidents, decreased over the course of the study period.

More information on this ongoing tragedy is on site.

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Past Member (0)
Friday September 22, 2017, 3:45 am
I'm all for human depopulation of this planet ... but not this way.

Derry R (39)
Friday September 22, 2017, 8:26 am

Colleen L (3)
Friday September 22, 2017, 11:08 am
So tragic. Not worth the risk of even take them. Thanks Fiona

Judy C (91)
Friday September 22, 2017, 2:50 pm
This is very sad. There's so much attention being brought to this problem now, that maybe this trend will begin to turn around. Addiction is a very difficult disease to treat – especially if the addicted person does not have a desire to change. Desperation is a person's best asset if they want to stop. It takes a certain level of adverse consequences for a person to be completely willing to commit to doing whatever it takes to live free from these substances. As the disease progresses, the rewarding aspects of using the drug are more and more outweighed by negative consequences. In general there is a fairly poor understanding among the public of addiction, and of the recovery process. Thanks for this information, Fiona.

Peggy B (43)
Friday September 22, 2017, 9:04 pm
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