US Life Expectancy Drops 3rd Year

The opioid epidemic and substance use disorder have contributed to the growing rate of midlife deaths, especially among people ages 55 to 64. This group had the largest relative increase in overdose deaths between 1999 and 2017, at 909.2 percent: That means that for every death by overdose in that age group in 1999, there were more than 10 in 2017.

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