U.S. Life Expectancy Is Falling – And The 2 Biggest Reasons Why Will Absolutely Stun You…

U.S. Life Expectancy Is Falling – And The 2 Biggest Reasons Why Will Absolutely Stun You… by Michael Snyder – End of the American Dream

Life expectancy in the United States has been falling in recent years, and we haven’t seen a trend like this since the days of World War I.  When I was growing up, life expectancy was continually rising, and it was generally believed that it would keep rising for many decades to come.  But that hasn’t happened.  Instead, average life expectancy started to stall and now it has been declining.  You might assume that this is because rates of cancer, heart disease and diabetes are going up, but the numbers are telling a different story.  In fact, brand new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are telling us that life expectancy is going down in the United States because of a dramatic increase in drug overdoses and suicides

U.S. life expectancy declined in 2017 as more Americans died of drug overdoses and suicides, furthering a troubling trend of declining lifespans not seen in a century, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in a report released Thursday.

Life expectancy was 78.6 years in 2017, down from 78.7 years in 2016, the CDC said.

Life expectancy also declined in 2015 and stayed flat in 2016, making this the first three-year period of general decline since the late 1910s.

In other words, this is something that we are doing to ourselves.

Let’s talk about drugs first.  Last year, the rate of drug overdose deaths in the United States jumped 9.6 percent

In 2017, the rate of drug overdose deaths was 9.6 percent higher than in 2016, with 70,237 people dying from drug overdoses, many of them from the epidemic of opioid abuse.

Overdosing on drugs is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50.

I know that some of you may not want to hear this, but the United States has a bigger drug problem today than ever before in our history.

Of course the opioid epidemic is wildly out of control, but meth has made a massive comeback as well.  In fact, the number of meth-related hospitalizations rose 245 percent between 2008 and 2015.  The following comes from NBC News

The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug has largely been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids.

Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped by about 245 percent from 2008 to 2015, according to a study published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That dwarfs the rise in hospitalizations from other drugs, such as opioids, which were up by about 46 percent. The most significant increases were in Western states.

And in a previous article I discussed how cocaine is making a major comeback as well.  In fact, the number of cocaine deaths in America just hit a brand new all-time record high

Cocaine deaths have hit a record high as the drug has quietly become increasingly popular while the attention of the media and health officials has been on the ongoing opioid epidemic.

In the last 12 months, 14,205 Americans died of cocaine overdoses, marking a 22 percent increase over the previous year, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This is a major public health emergency, and yet there is not much political willpower to tackle this crisis right now.

Meanwhile, the suicide rate in the U.S. has soared to a new record high as well.

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