Opioid Crisis Boosts Death Rate For Millennials By 19% Between 2014-2016
Recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that the death rate for adults from age 24-34 rose 19% over a two-year period – the highest increase in at least two decades. Increasing death rates for this and other demographic groups are primarily blamed on the opioid crisis.
Moreover, the CDC data finds that in 2016, 129 of every 100,000 Americans aged 25-34 died in 2016, a significant increase from 108 in 2014. Also, the death rate for persons aged just 15-24 and 35-44 rose as well. All in all, the death rates for teenagers all the way into generation Xers climbed.
The overdose death rate for millennials was around 18 of every 100,000 in 2010, but in 2014, that rate had increased significantly to 23 of every 100,000 and ended up at 35 of every 100,000 by 2016.
Other findings show that the hospitalization rate for millennials related to heroin increased three-fold in areas such as Orange County, CA between 2010-2016. And it’s not just the U.S. – persons aged 20-29 in higher-income countries are from 3-4 times more likely to die from opioid addiction that they were just two decades ago.
However, not age groups saw increases – Americans age 55 and above experienced a less significant increase from 2014-2016, and for adults 75-84, the death rate actually dropped slightly from 2015-2016.
The CDC’s most recent data revealed that, overall, in 2016 more than 64,000 Americans died from overdoses related to drugs or alcohol. Of these, the majority involved prescription or illegal opioids and opiates. These deaths are also punctuated by the rise in benzodiazepine use and abuse, and the deadly results of multiple drug intoxication.
This trend has led to a decline in the U.S. life expectancy for the second year in a row and is now killing more people than the AIDS epidemic did at its peak in 1996.
G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology