America’s opioid epidemic is so bad it’s causing average life expectancy to drop

by German Lopez @germanrlopez Sep 20, 2017, 12:00pm EDT

A new study looks at the numbers — and they’re fairly grim.

The typical American was expected to die a little earlier in 2015 than 2014 — and a dramatic rise in drug overdose deaths is largely to blame, according to a new study in JAMA.

The study examined changes in life expectancy between 2000 and 2015. It found that, overall, life expectancy at birth increased by about two years in that time span.

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