Monday, 10 December, 2018

United States Life Expectancy Is Down

Life expectancy for Americans down again, according to CDC report U.S. Life Expectancy Drops for Third Year in a Row, Reflecting Rising Drug Overdoses, Suicides
Samantha Long | 05 December, 2018, 23:40

A report that was released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that suicide and drug overdoses are the reason that life expectancy is declining.

As Kathryn McHugh of Harvard Medical School tells NPR's Richard Harris, "We're seeing the drop in life expectancy not because we're hitting a cap [for lifespans of] people in their 80s, [but] because people are dying in their 20s [and] 30s". The rate climbed 9.6 percent over 2016.

The contrast between 2017 rates and 1999 rates is even more cause for alarm.

The suicide death rate in 2017 was the highest it's been in at least 50 years at 47,000, according to government records. Federal funding, as well as closer monitoring of opioid prescriptions and higher availability of overdose-reversing drugs, may be helping the problem, but the number of people who die from overdoses is still high. The average American life expectancy dipped just slightly from 78.7 years in 2016 to 78.6 in 2017.

Robert Anderson, chief of the Center for Health Statistics' mortality branch, tells the Post's Bernstein that the leveling off of prescription drug deaths may be the result of public health initiatives created to curb the widespread availability and subsequent abuse of such medicines. And second, drug overdoses and suicides in 2017 most affected.

"Deaths from heart disease and cancer, the country's two leading causes of death, have continued their steady decline, but that drop was outpaced by the increase in suicides and accidental injuries, including drug overdose".

In 2015, the most recent year with published race-specific CDC estimates, a white American could expect to live to age 78.9, while a black American could expect to live to age 75.5.

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Part of the issue is the rise in deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, which are extremely risky due to their potency.

"Our study using cumulative data from 2000 to 2016 demonstrates a total firearm life expectancy loss of 905.2 days, which is nine times greater than observed in 2000, indicating increasing life expectancy loss by year", wrote lead author Bindu Kalesan and her colleagues.

Although the USA began receiving $1 billion in 2017 to fight the opioid crisis, they should have received funds as early as 2015 when substance abuse problems began growing.

The Trump administration has declared a "national health emergency" in the wake of the crisis. One major culprit in the rise in overdose deaths is synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl. For example, scientists are investigating the pain nerve cells to see if there is a way to turn them off directly.

Elected leaders at all levels need to address this issue.

The U.S. touts itself as the richest country in the world.

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