Overdoses, Suicide, Liver Disease Drove Life Expectancy Down For White Americans In 2014

The New York Times (4/20, A11, Tavernise, Subscription Publication) reports, “Life expectancy declined slightly for white Americans in 2014, according to new… data” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. The data, which were “drawn from all deaths recorded in the country in 2014, showed that life expectancy for whites dropped to 78.8 years in 2014 from 78.9 in 2013.”

NCHS statistician Elizabeth Arias, who analyzed the data, “said drug overdoses, liver disease and suicide were the main drivers of the gloomy trends among whites in recent years, a pattern also found by other researchers,” and particularly among middle-aged white women.

In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (4/20, Achenbach) reports that “Hispanic life expectancy rose from 81.6 to 81.8 years between 2013 and 2014; gains were seen for both males and females.” Meanwhile, “life expectancy for blacks rose from 75.1 to 75.2 years, driven by a particularly large jump among black males, from 71.8 to 72.2 years.”

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— “White Americans Are Dying Younger as Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rises,” Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, April 20, 2016.

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