Gains in life expectancy in the United States are being eroded at least in part due to the use and misuse of prescribed medications.1 Earlier this year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that life expectancy for some groups in the United States continues to stagnate. Among middle-aged white women, life expectancy decreased, in large part due to medication overdose, opioid use, and liver disease.2
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