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US life expectancy is falling – here’s why

Between 1999 and 2017, fatal drug overdoses rose 386% Image: Unsplash/GoaShape

Sean Fleming

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Deaths often involve multiple drugs. A small portion of the increase in deaths attributable to a specific drug may be due to improved cause-of-death reporting.
Drug-related deaths in the US. Image: The New York Times
Scotland drug deaths
More than two-thirds of drug-related deaths in Scotland last year were among people aged between 35 and 54. Image: BBC/National Records of Scotland
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