With Opioid Crisis, US Stands Apart From the World

Opioid overdoses are causing a decline in life expectancy here while it is rising in other developed countries. Opioids are prescribed in the U.S. at much higher rates than in Canada and European countries such as Germany, Britain, and France. Our flawed health insurance structure gets the blame.

W VA, OH Lead Nation in Drug Overdose Death Rates

Nationally, there were 63,632 drug deaths in 2016, nearly 20 per 100,000 people. That was 21 percent higher than the rate in 2015, when 52,404 died, a federal report found. Drug overdose death rates increased between 2015 and 2016 among all age groups, with the largest jump — 29 percent — among those ages 25-34.