Study: US Overdose Deaths Highest Among Wealthy Nations
Thanks to increasing opioid consumption, America’s drug-related mortality rate is 3.5 times higher than the average of its peers, according to a new study in Population and Development Review. In 2013, the last year sociologist Jessica Ho studied, overdoses accounted for 16.97 deaths per 100,000 — more than 28 times higher than in Japan. The current numbers could be even worse: Overdose deaths jumped from 47,000 in 2014 to 70,000 in 2017.
How else does the U.S. compare? Researchers say America’s drug problem also contributes to a widening life expectancy gap.