For the second year in a row, the life expectancy of Americans dropped sharply. While COVID played the larger role, Fentanyl contributed as well. Last year was a record year for overdose deaths with an estimated 107,622, CDC says, an increase of 15% from the previous year, and 70% of fatalities were from the synthetic opioid. Especially hard hit were communities of color. According to statnews.com, “Black Americans lost 0.7 years between 2020 to 2021, and American Indian and Native Americans saw the largest loss of life expectancy of all — 1.9 years less than 2020’s life expectancy, and 6.6 years less than 2019’s.”
Finesse Moreno-Rivera is an expert in Criminal Justice Reform and research analysis. Moreno-Rivera has worked with federal and state institutions such as the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI. She is a Young Voices contributor. She joins me to give three actions we could take right now to save lives.
- Black American Casualties Are The Highest In This Country’s War On Drugs – blavity.com/us-war-on-drugs-black-american-casualties-solutions?category1=opinion&item=2
- U.S. life expectancy drops sharply, the second consecutive decline –www.statnews.com/2022/08/31/u-s-life-expectancy-drops-sharply-the-second-consecutive-decline/
- ‘Completely devastating’: US passes 1m overdose deaths since records began – www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/11/us-overdose-deaths-total-data
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