https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/a...s-second-straight-year-drug-overdoses-n831676 U.S. life expectancy falls for second straight year — as drug overdoses soar Life expectancy in the United States fell for the second year in a row in 2016 — and it’s clear the epidemic of drug overdoses is at least in part to blame, government researchers said Thursday. Overall life expectancy for a baby born in 2016 fell to 78.6 years, a small decline of 0.1 percent, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) team found. At the same time, mortality from drug overdoses rose by 21 percent. “This was the first time life expectancy in the U.S. has declined two years in a row since declines in 1962 and 1963,” the NCHS, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Check out the articles in this Health and Medicine section of 50right to explore ways of reversing this trend for yourself and for your family and friends. There is a drug epidemic in our country as Donald Trump has stated many times. However there is a preponderance for bad eating habits in our country which also needs to be addressed.