U.S. Overdose Deaths Highest Among Wealthy Nations, Study Says

February 21, 2019

(UPI) – Drug addiction has taken many lives globally, but it’s had a disproportionate impact on life expectancy in the United States, a study says. In fact, drug overdose deaths in the U.S. have reached a rate 3.5 times higher than 17 other wealthy countries, according to a study published Thursday in Population and Development Review. Researchers say this study is the first to illustrate how the opioid epidemic has contributed to the life expectancy disparity between the U.S. and other wealthy nations.

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