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US citizens are living longer and consuming more prescription drugs than ever, finds report

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3342 (Published 15 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3342
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

People in the United States are living longer and are consuming more prescription drugs than ever before, an annual report on the nation’s health prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.1

The report, which runs for more than 500 pages, found that between 1980 and 2010 male life expectancy at birth rose from 70.0 years to 76.2 and female life expectancy from 77.4 to 81.0 years.

Racial disparities in life expectancy diminished but still remained significant, the report found. In 1990 life expectancy at birth for white males was 8.2 years …

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