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COVID, overdoses reduce U.S. life expectancy for second year: CMS

Posted On: Dec. 23, 2022 9:56 AM CST

U.S. life expectancy fell to 76.4 years last year from 77 years in 2020, driven by the effects of the pandemic as well as the opioid epidemic, according to final mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports Axios. It is the second consecutive year that U.S. life expectancy has fallen. COVID-19 was the fastest-growing cause of death in 2021, followed closely by unintentional injuries, which include overdose deaths.