Deaths of Despair and Decreasing Life Expectancy in the US

In recent years, life expectancy in the US has been dropping. A significant contributor to that drop has been deaths of despair. Drug overdoses and suicides have increased in tandem with the opioid crisis, and the outcome is shorter lives. Today we’ll talk about these tragic deaths and what we might do about them.

This is the second of four episodes in our series on opioids, which is supported by the National Institute of Healthcare Management.

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The Opioid Crisis in 2020:
Opioid Playlist 2016:

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