Report: Opioids decrease life span by 2.5 months
Public health officials believe opioids reduced life expectancy for people in the U.S. from 2000 to 2014
By EMS1 Staff
WASHINGTON — A new analysis revealed that opioids are decreasing the average life span for Americans.
American life expectancy dropped for the first time since 1993 in 2015, and public health officials believe opioids played a part in reducing life expectancy for non-Hispanic white people in the U.S. from 2000 to 2014.
The average life expectancy for Americans is now 78.8 years based on 2015 data, which is a decrease of 0.1 year, or about a month, from the previous year.
Researchers said data for opioid-related deaths was probably not gathered correctly because of gaps in how death certificates are completed.
When the data is finalized, the CDC expects drug overdose deaths to top 64,000 for 2016.