Drugs, alcohol and suicides contribute to alarming drop in U.S. life expectancy

“In 1960, the U.S. had the highest life expectancy in the world” writes Usa Today for Life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen for the second year in a row, thanks to a combination of drug and alcohol use and suicides, according to a new report released Wednesday.In 2016, life expectancy in the U.S. was 78.6 years, a decrease of 0.1 years from 2015, according to the report, which cites data from the World Bank.More importantly, he said it’s accompanied by a dramatic surge in deaths from alcohol abuse and an increase in the suicide rate.The drop in life expectancy is due to more than the opioid crisis, cited as a main cause in the CDC report last year, Woolf said. “It’s a larger issue, involving addiction to opioids but also fatal overdoses from other drugs,” he said.

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