Opioids now kill more Americans than guns or breast cancer, CDC says

 Age-adjusted drug overdose death rates, by state: United States, 2016 Source: CDC, NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality.

Age-adjusted drug overdose death rates, by state: United States, 2016 Source: CDC, NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality.

For the second year in a row, U.S. life expectancy has dropped, a trend largely attributed to the surge in fatal opioid overdoses, federal health officials reported Thursday.

More than 63,000 Americans died of drug overdose in 2016 — and 42,249 of those deaths involved opioids, according to a new analysis from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Fiza Pirani