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HISTORIC SETBACK: US Life Expectancy Drops to 25-Year Low

HISTORIC SETBACK: US Life Expectancy Drops to 25-Year Low

( –According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research, the U.S. life expectancy decreased to a 25-year low in 2021 as roughly 107,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in the previous year.

The CDC research found anyone born in 2021 may expect to live 76.4 years on average. That’s down from 77 years in 2020 and 78.8 years in 2019. For two years in a row, that life expectancy has declined.

In 1996, when the figure was recorded at 76.1 years, the life expectancy rate was last this low.

The federal public health organization identified COVID-19 as the leading cause of the increase in fatalities last year. Still, it also pointed out that drug overdose deaths contributed to mortality.

According to reports, drug overdose deaths increased dramatically between 2020 and 2021, at the height of the pandemic-related lockdowns.

CDC research found that last year, heart disease and cancer were the two leading causes of death for Americans.

With an increase from 85.0 deaths per 100,000 persons in 2020 to 104.1 in 2021, COVID-19 was the third most common cause of death.

Due to a weak flu season the previous year, influenza and pneumonia-related deaths declined while COVID-19 deaths increased.

As a result, these conditions were removed from the top ten leading causes of death in 2021 after previously being listed.

Drug overdoses were a factor in more than a third of accidental deaths, which made them the fourth most common cause of death.

The CDC said that from 91,799 fatalities in 2020 to 106,699 deaths in 2021, the number of drug overdose deaths among Americans grew by over 16 percent.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Dr. Nora Volkow told CNN that she agreed with the CDC findings.

She stated that COVID-19 and drug overdoses were the leading causes of the rise in deaths in the United States last year.

According to Volkow,

“the epidemic had a magnifying impact on an already catastrophic overdose issue and increased many social stresses that make people more susceptible to using drugs.”

The CDC report’s data reveals that between 2020 and 2021, deaths from synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, climbed substantially by 22 percent, while deaths from heroin decreased by 32 percent.

Since last year, the number of overdose deaths using cocaine and psychostimulants like methamphetamine has also climbed.

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As fentanyl rises in illicit drug markets, Volkow noted, “We also know that substance use is riskier than it has ever been, increasing the risk for overdoses among those with substance use disorders and those who use substances occasionally.”

American Indian or Alaska Native persons continued to experience the most significant rate of drug overdose deaths, rising from 42.5 per 100,000 people in 2020 to 56.6 in 2021.

Black overdose deaths climbed dramatically from 35.8 to 44.2, whereas white overdose deaths rose from 33.1 to 36.8.

Asians experienced the lowest increase in overdose deaths, from 4.6 to 4.7, while Hispanics experienced a surge from 17.6 to 21.1.

In 2021, the age groups 33 to 44 had the highest rate of overdose fatalities (62.0). This is followed by age groups 45 to 54 (53.8), 25 to 34 (52.9), and 55 to 64 (45.3).

In all, 3,464,231 deaths occurred across the country in 2021. This is greater than the 80,502 deaths noted in 2020.

Additionally, there were 835.4 deaths overall last year per 100,000 persons, up 5.3% from the previous year.

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