North American’s are perhaps facing their greatest health disaster in 100 years, and there is no sign of it ever getting better. Life expectancy in the US has turned the corner, and now in decline.
For the first time since 1962 the life expectancy of North American’s has been in decline for more than two years.. The time before that was in the 1920’s. The reason? Prescription medication.
Out-of-control over prescription of opioid painkillers are killing Americans more than all of the street drugs put together.
The addiction crisis leads many from prescription drugs to alcohol and the illicit drugs, including heroin. These result in over-dose deaths.
In 2016, 63,600 people died from a drug overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – up 21% from the previous year.
Opioid-related overdoses increased by 28%, killing 42,249 people, mostly in the 25-to-54 age group.
A life expectancy drop again in 2017 would represent the first three-year fall since the catastrophic outbreak of Spanish flu 100 years ago.
Around 20 per cent of Americans who are eligible for work are not in the work force because they are addicted to drugs. Most of the illicit drug addiction started, not with alcohol and marijuana – but prescription drugs.
Authorities need to urgently stop the over prescribing of opiiod drugs by doctors, before they experience the greatest health disaster in 100 years, with no sign of it ever getting better.
BIG Pharma are chasing profits that are destroying the social fabric of the country. Life expectancy in the US has turned the corner, and now in decline.
Peter Zapfella treats some North Americans for addiction using Skype.
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