(WCPO) — For the first time in more than half a century, Americans' life expectancy declined for the second straight year, a change driven by drug overdose deaths among younger people, officials said.
A baby born in 2016 could expect to live 78.6 years, down from 78.7 in 2015, the National Center for Health Statistics said in its annual mortality report released last week.
The change occurred not because older people are dying younger, but because of drug overdose deaths among people aged 25 to 54. And it occurred despite an overall decline in mortality.
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