Rising Drug Overdose Deaths Lead to Decline in US Life Expectancy

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Life expectancy in the United States dropped for the second consecutive year in 2016, fueled by drug overdose deaths among young people, says a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the data released by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) on Dec. 21, 2017, the life expectancy declined by 0.1 year to an average of 78.6 years in 2016. The continuous yearly fall in life expectancy is attributed to increased death rates among young and middle-aged Americans. However, the death rate registered a downward trend among Americans aged 65 and older between 2015 and 2016.

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www.texasdrugaddictiontreatment.com Rising Drug Overdose Deaths Lead to Decline in US Life Expectancy - Says CDC Report Life expectancy in the United States dropped for the second consecutive year in 2016 fueled by drug overdose deaths among young people says a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC. According to the data released by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics NCHS on Dec. 21 2017 the life expectancy declined by 0.1 year to an average of 78.6 years in 2016. The continuous yearly fall in life expectancy is attributed to increased death rates among young and middle-aged Americans. However the death rate registered a downward trend among Americans aged 65 and older between 2015 and 2016. It is the first ever incidence of two straight annual declines in life expectancy since the 1962 deadly outbreak of influenza. According to the CDC the growing opioid crisis in the country can be blamed for this downward shift in the life expectancy. Bob Anderson chief of the mortality statistics branch at the NCHS said that drug overdose deaths appeared to be key driving factor in the life expectancy decline over the past two years. “In the past those drug mortality increases have been more than completely offset by declines in cardiovascular disease mortality ― heart disease and stroke mostly. But now those declines have slowed down and kind of flattened out. And as a result these increases in drug overdose mortality are dominating the picture for overall mortality” Anderson said. Furthermore Anderson expects the decline to continue for a third consecutive year in 2017. In 2016 drug overdoses contributed to nearly 63600 deaths with opioids causing around 42000 fatalities as per the CDC. Overdose deaths recorded a staggering 21 percent increase between 2015 and 2016. The CDC also said that overdose deaths related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl and its analogs saw an average annual increase of 88 percent between 2013 and 2016. Controlled prescription drugs and overdose deaths

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www.texasdrugaddictiontreatment.com According to the 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment NDTA controlled prescription drugs CPDs were responsible for a significantly high number of overdose deaths involving any illicit drug class since 2001. The report also cited heroin use as greater risk for public health which alone or in combination with fentanyl and other synthetic opioids contributed to increased number of overdose deaths in America. Notably overdose deaths related to opioid pain relievers and heroin grew by a whopping 200 percent since 2000 suggested the CDC. Significantly President Donald Trump recently declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. However the President is currently facing criticism for not dealing with the problem more aggressively. As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HHS suggests the funds allocated to address a public health emergency stand at only around 57000. In a November statement by the White House the actual cost of the opioid epidemic was estimated at over 500 billion in 2015. The amount witnessed more than six-fold increase over the most recent estimates from 78.5 billion in 2013 to 504.0 billion in 2015. The current CDC report can give a push to actions directed at addressing the opioid epidemic ravaging the entire nation. Anderson was upbeat that the data would help policymakers understand the criticality of the situation and take effective measures to control the problem. He emphasized that overdose deaths were preventable through strategic interventions. Dealing with opioid abuse In the United States around 11.8 million people aged 12 or older over 4 percent misused opioids in the past year reveals the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health NSDUH. However opioid addiction which can be fatal is treatable. Timely screening followed by effective treatment can help restore sobriety in people with opioid addiction. One can help people battling opioid addiction by encouraging them to seek professional help. If you have a loved one grappling with an addiction contact the Texas Drug Addiction Treatment to know about the best treatment programs in your vicinity. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855 980-5757 to know more about top-notch drug addiction treatment centers in Texas.

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