End Of The American Dream
November 30, 2018
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…