US Opioid Use Blows Away Other Countries

The United States stands out for the sheer amount of opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin it consumes, fueling a deadly drug epidemic. With just 4 percent of the world’s population, the US accounts for about 27 percent of the world’s drug overdose deaths. The federal government estimated 8.5 million Americans, about 3 percent of the population, misused opioid painkillers in 2015, and 2.5 million were addicted to either painkillers or heroin. More than 33,000 people died that year from overdoses. Continue reading “US Opioid Use Blows Away Other Countries”

Two Year Drop in American Life Expectancy Results from Opioid Abuse Crisis

According to a National Center for Health Statistics report, life expectancy in 2016 averaged 78.6 years — a 0.1-year decrease from 2015. “That’s not a whole lot, but when you’re talking about it in terms of a population, you’re talking about a significant number of potential lives that aren’t being lived,” Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the NCHS, said. Continue reading “Two Year Drop in American Life Expectancy Results from Opioid Abuse Crisis”