Opioid overdoses fuel declining US life expectancy: 3 things to know

U.S. mortality rates for Americans ages 25 to 34 has  increase every year since an initial spike in 2010 due to opioid overdose-related deaths, according to federal data cited by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.   

Here are three things to know:

1. The National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse reported 21 to 29 percent of individuals misuse opioids, 8 to 12 percent develop addiction, and 4 to 6 percent go on to use heroin.

2. The CDC reported life a decrease in life expectancy from 78.7 years in 2015 and 78.6 for 2016; where mortality rates increased in 2016 for every grouping of age less than 65.

3. Suicide rates  increased 30 percent since 1999, and 28 percent of individuals who committed suicide in 2016 had substance abuse problems, according to the CDC.

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