Life expectancy in the United States dropped for the second consecutive year in 2016, fueled by drug overdose deaths among young people, says a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the data released by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) on Dec. 21, 2017, the life expectancy declined by 0.1 year to an average of 78.6 years in 2016. The continuous yearly fall in life expectancy is attributed to increased death rates among young and middle-aged Americans. However, the death rate registered a downward trend among Americans aged 65 and older between 2015 and 2016.
In order to control the rising number of accidental overdose deaths due to prescription drugs, Dr. Roneet Lev, a San Diego-based doctor who heads the emergency medicine department at Scripps Mercy Hospital, has started a project "Death Diaries." As a part of the project, she is conducting a detailed study to determine the key reasons behind the death of 254 people in 2013, such as the kind of drugs prescribed, who prescribed these medicines, postmortem details of patients, pharmacies that dispensed the medications, etc.
Nearly 91 people succumb to opioid overdose every day in the United States. The opioid epidemic has worsened in the last few years forcing the government to declare it a public health emergency. As the nation is struggling to come out of its grip, a group of researchers has now offered a ray of hope.
As per a report, the California Department of Finance expects a sale of around 1 million pounds of marijuana in the upcoming first full budget year of legalization, i.e. between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Effective from Jan.1, 2018, the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal. Until recently, the drug was approved for medical purposes only under the state law.