For the third year in a row, the Center for Disease Control has announced that the American lifespan has decreased. As was the case in previous years, this decrease in the American lifespan comes as a direct result of the most massive opioid crisis the world has ever seen. In addition to this large-scale, rampant public health problem, the rate of suicide, especially prevalent in white males, has taken a sharp turn upward. The third leading cause for this sudden downturn in the life expectancy is a liver disease– something inextricably linked with drug abuse. These are just symptoms of an uncomfortable, more significant public health problem that leaves many researchers scratching their heads.
Suicide rates are also on the rise. While the tenth highest cause of death in this country, young people are being hit the hardest by this crisis. Among young people ages 25 to 34, suicide is the second leading cause of death– only behind the unintentional injury.
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