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White Americans Are Dying Younger as Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rises

Posted on – April 20, 2016 By Sabrina Tavernise

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Oxycodone pills are sometimes prescribed for patients with chronic pain. Drug overdoses are reducing average lifespans for the white population as a whole. – John Moore/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Life expectancy declined slightly for white Americans in 2014, according to new federal data, a troubling sign that distress among younger and middle-age whites who are dying at ever-higher rates from drug overdoses is lowering average life spans for the white population as a whole.

The new federal data, drawn from all deaths recorded in the country in 2014, showed that life expectancy for whites dropped to 78.8 years in 2014 from 78.9 in 2013. Men and women had declines, but because of statistical rounding, the decline did not appear as sharp among men.

Life expectancy for women fell to 81.1 in 2014 from 81.2 in 2013. The average life span for men also fell, but not enough to sink below 76.5 years, their life expectancy in 2013.

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