The U.S. has taken another significant hit to the life expectancy numbers after a historic drop in 2020.
According to the CDC, life expectancy at birth has dropped by nearly a year between 2020 and 2021. Life expectancy has fallen to 76.1 years, the lowest it has been since 1996. It is also the largest 2 year decline in a century.
Don't Do Drugs Kids
Drugs have played a huge role in the life expectancy drop. In 2021, drugs were the cause of death for around 190,000 people. Deaths from unintentional injuries-of which half are due to drug overdoses-were the second-leading cause of death in life expectancy.
American Indians Are Disproportionately Affected
The life expectancy of American Indian and Alaska Native people has plunged by almost 2 years between 2020 and 2021. At 65.2, the life expectancy in 2021 for Natives was equal to the overall U.S. life expectancy in 1944.
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