Life Expectancy Drops Again As Opioid Deaths Surge In U.S.

For the second year in a row, life expectancy in the United States has dropped, partly as a result of the rise in fatal opioid overdoses. Life expectancy is considered an indicator of the general well-being of a nation, and in the U.S. it has been rising steadily for decades with only occasional exceptions, like in 1993 with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This is the first time since the early 1960s that life expectancy has fallen two years in a row.