The life expectancy of Americans has not kept pace with that of other wealthy countries and is now decreasing.
According to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, drug overdose, suicide, and alcohol abuse were among the reasons why life expectancy was shortening for Americans.READ MORE: Big Rig Crash Causes Major Backups On I-80 In Colfax
Adults ages 25-64 of all racial groups have seen an increase of 6% in mortality rates, which is the largest increase among groups studied. The largest increase has been in the Ohio Valley and New England.READ MORE: Dixie Fire Grows To 190,625 Acres; 21% Contained
The United States had been making steady progress, with life expectancy increasing to 78-years-old over the last half-century, but the pace slowed over time and began to decline in 2014 and has continued to decline in the three years that followed.
“The implications for public health and the economy are substantial, making it vital to understand the underlying causes,” the researchers said.MORE NEWS: Homicide Detectives Investigate After Man Found Dead At Stockton Intersection
The researchers found that other high-income countries continue to see a steady rise in life expectancy.