US life expectancy fell for the second year in a row in 2016 as drugs, alcohol and suicide contributed to a public health crisis, according to a British medical study.
Americans are more likely to engage in “unhealthy behaviors” like drug abuse, firearm ownership and high caloric intake, based a report released Wednesday by The BMJ, formerly known as the British Medical Journal.
The study said the opioid epidemic is “just the tip of the iceberg” of an even larger public health crisis in the United States. The report is based on data from the World Bank.
“Between 2000 and 2014, the rate of fatal drug overdoses rose by 137 percent, a crisis fueled by the growing use of highly addictive opioid drugs,” the BMJ report said.
“In 2015 alone, more than 64 000 Americans died from drug overdoses, exceeding the number of US casualties in the Vietnam War.”
The study found that US life expectancy fell to 78.6 years in 2016, a decrease of 0.1 years…