A study of the evolution of life expectancy in several developed countries shows that in the United States it has been declining in recent years because of the opioid crisis. These drugs kill more than heroin.
In the United States, more people die by overdose of opioid drugs than by road accident and this is one of the main causes of the decline in life expectancy in recent years.
A new study published in the British Medical Journal highlights the consequences of the opioid crisis on the life expectancy of Americans. Faced with this health disaster, President Donald Trump wants to attack the laboratories that market these products.
Overdoses, the leading cause of death
The research is devoted to the evolution of life expectancy in 18 high-income countries. Everywhere, the recent decline in life expectancy is associated with age-related diseases or cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory or mental disorders, except in one country: the United States.
Across the Atlantic, while obesity is more prevalent than elsewhere, the decline in life expectancy is among people aged 25 to 65, and among the main causes is the use of opioid drugs.
In 2017, 72,000 deaths resulted from overdoses of opioid drugs, the seventh leading cause of death in the country. Many people are victims of their opioid addiction, yet prescribed by prescription due to overly lax doctors and pharmacists in some states.
A high risk of dependence
Opioids are painkillers such as morphine or codeine, for example, and are derived from opium derivatives. Their use can cause strong dependencies because people feel sensations of "shoot" when they consume, they feel lighter and relaxed.
Many Americans are prescribed laxity or exaggeration of these products for pain and, without proper follow-up, switch to addiction.
Laboratories attacked in court
WORKING TOGETHER, we will defeat this #OpioidEpidemic & free our nation from the terrible affliction of drug abuse. //t.co/iAZjqGMwav pic.twitter.com/mZI5uQN4oZ- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2017
US President Donald Trump on Thursday (August 16th) called on his Justice Minister to launch legal proceedings against those who sell these products to hospitals, among others. The US president said at a meeting: "People go to the hospital with a broken arm, they stand out, they have become addicted to drugs."
Some US states have already filed lawsuits against laboratories, including New York State, Ohio and Mississippi. In October 2017, Donald Trump declared a public health emergency regarding the opioid crisis. The latter could spread to other countries, the authorities are worried in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, where several deaths are attributed to the use of synthetic opioids.