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Fentanyl Is KILLING America, Life Expectancy Dropping

Life expectancy has declined in America for the second year in a row. Cenk Uygur, Hannah Cranston and Mark Thompson, of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday reported that the life expectancy in the U.S. decreased in 2016 for the second year in a row.

According to the CDC’s 2016 mortality report, the life expectancy for a member of the U.S. population born in 2016 was 78.6 years, down 0.1 years from the expectancy for a person born in 2015, itself a decline from 2014.

The government figures released Thursday put drug deaths at 63,600, up from about 52,000 in 2015. For the first time, the powerful painkiller fentanyl and its close opioid cousins played a bigger role in the deaths than any other legal or illegal drug, surpassing prescription pain pills and heroin.”This is urgent and deadly,” said Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The opioid epidemic “clearly has a huge impact on our entire society.”

Two-thirds of last year’s drug deaths — about 42,000 — involved opioids, a category that includes heroin, methadone, prescription pain pills like OxyContin, and fentanyl. Fatal overdoses that involved fentanyl and fentanyl-like drugs doubled in one year, to more than 19,000, mostly from illegally made pills or powder, which is often mixed with heroin or other drugs.”*

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  1. The so called opiode crisis is only one symptom of the disease that is failed Western medicine, which has never worked. Our life expectancy would be higher were we to utilize the common cures for cancer, but those cures are deliberately banned by wicked WM, which has a trillion dollar industry treating but extremely rarely curing cancer: chemotherapy fails 96% of the time. The same modus operandi is utilized in the addiction treatment industry, where patients are treated but rarely ever cured. This is why so many people go to treatment 3,4,5,6, or more times. The industry collects again and again for its failure to get the patient off of the substance. This why the treatment freaks came up with the concept that "relapse is part of recovery". Relapse actually is the total failure of recovery, but the rehabs are not interested in recovery; they are interested in money. All of Western medicine is in failure because it is operated only to increase profits. We have fake news, fake government, fake education, and ergo necessarily fake medicine. We will probably be extinct by the end of this century anyway…

  2. Can it be said they are inherently just f up like it was said about blacks . Pull yourselves up by your bootstraps. Stop complaining right ? Stop blaming others for your life choices. If your on drugs it’s your own fault. I think it’s now time to enforce a new war on drugs law. And now cops should start planting drugs in your cars and homes . We should push for a stop and frisk for white ppl now . We should call the cops anytime whites are in our neighborhoods just for suspicious activity. We should drug test the hell out of them now when they want government assistance. Oh yeah I forgot , this is a white supremacy system and that means the law only applies to non whites . And whites get a slap on the cheek and told not to get caught next time. In other words can you imagine all the blacks and Hispanics who are laughing now at how hypocritical you ppl really are . You can never tell anyone about how superior you are or how morally just you are . Or how you have the right way of living . No more looking down on us anymore. My question is now why can’t you take care of your children. Lol why are there so many fatherless white kids now ? See how ridicules that sounds? Yet that what was said to us . Maybe we should make up a name to call you now like opiheads or needle shooter . Maybe everyone in your house should go to prison if just one person in your house has contraband on them . Maybe the cops should shoot you down in the street like a dog now cause you look like the other white drug dealers now . That sounds fair . I think trump is doing a great thing for the white race . Denial is killing white america .

  3. Clips like this make me chuckle a bit. TYT saying America should throw loads of money at opioids which are reducing life expectancy.
    The two drugs in America that reduce life expectancy the most are tobacco and alcohol.
    Opioids kill 65,000 a year but those two products kill over a million a year in the US.
    The simple truth is that capitalism isn't smart enough to make money ethically.
    All it does is pedal cigarettes, booze, junk food and worst of all weapons.
    If America stopped selling all these items tomorrow there would be a stock market crash akin to 1929.
    Bad luck western countries you have created the ultimate catch 22. A system that supports itself but reduces life expectancy at the same time.
    Even the TYT don't have the answer for this but il keep watching just in case they do.

  4. I find the discussion about opioids so disigenuous. Yes, for some people (the ones that journalists like to interview) it started with being prescribed a pain killer for an injury. But media (you) are talking about it as if that's basically the whole story. So regular drug addicts weren't drawn to these drugs then? That suddenly became available in quantities? That were then largely replaced by heroine. And now by some scary-ass mix that may or may not contain fentanyl (so every hit is a lethal gamble). If we're going to have an honest discussion that's worth anything, yes, blame the pharmaceutcal companies, take them to court for their lying! But acknowledge the whole picture, would you? Or it's a shit discussion. I would be surprised if the majority of users dying in this epidemic are people who were at some point prescribed pain killers. Majority… I'd be surprised if they were even half, no 25%, less even. Let's be real about it-

  5. Chunk Loser….., Trumps Wall is going to do more to stop drugs and crime than Obongos open door immigration disaster.

  6. In other (more mature?) nations, opioids are all but gone. This issue is specific to the US, begging the question why that discrepancy exists. In Holland they don't prescribe opioids. Simply doesn't happen. Guess what: we don't have opioid-related issues anymore. There's a small remainder of staunch addicts from the 80's, but that's all. But hey, I guess it's more important to religously bow to pure capitalism than address the issues that it causes.

  7. Call it like it is…. This is a WHITE PROBLEM! Funny how opioids have been killing the minority and particularly the African American community for decades and ONLY NOW that if affects poor little white kids it's now acknowledged as a problem. Sorry, not sorry.


  9. Drugs have been killing and destroying lives in the Black community for decades, and the problem was addressed with prison time. Don't expect me to sympathize with the opioid "epidemic." They should know what those type drugs can do to you.

  10. Doctors are out for profit. Either with unnecessary surguries, treatments or prescriptions. The dedicated doctor who will do anything for his patients. No longer exists. It is a path to being wealthy. That is all.

  11. 99% of this comment section has never been addicted to drugs, never loved someone who was addicted to drugs, never ACTUALLY dealt with drug addiction in any way or the psychological hell that comes with it. It’s so easy for you guys to get up on your high horses, having your ignorance shielded by the anonymity of the internet, but until drug addiction has affected your life in a major way, or until you take the time to actually understand addicts’ situations, then you can’t honestly say that you have any idea what you’re talking about, and you have no right to say things like “Just don’t do drugs and you won’t get addicted” or “Just let those idiots kill themselves”. Nothing is black and white, there are always shades of grey in between. It’s pretty sad how dismissive and ignorant everyone is towards ANY kind of mental illness.

  12. US will be a third world country soon. Once the dollar dominance ends, it will be a complete collapse. US empire declining. Brace for the fall cause it will be rough.

  13. this is a societal issue, people feel hopeless with no jobs communities are in massive poverty so they turn to drugs. we need a national jobs program or force american corporations to bring jobs back to america or let workers take over their workplaces

  14. Drug deaths are twice that of gun deaths. Sure, a difference, but calling one an epidemic and regarding the other as the fair price for your constitutional right, is a bit wonky…

  15. Hahahaha that's hilarious. The delusional idiots waking up. Fat chance of that happening until it's too late, it's always too late when it comes to them.

  16. GOP and Trump are showing great compassion as America’s assisted suicide doctors! Who knew they were so progressive!?

  17. BAN ANTIDEPRESSANTS =Ssri, Snri and Lithium, All antipsychotics and Adhd drugs with is METh, Amphetamines mimicing Dangerous Drugs with 0 value. Medically. Opids is Medically, YOU SHOULDNT stop OxyContins etc. Purdue Pharma. has save many people but the street drugs got mix of FENTANYL, And Carfentanil. Etc. ITS BIG PROBLEM HERE FROM ADHD drugs. You definitely ruin you own body, but others too. Psych meds nr"1 cause of death ,suicides and etc Schol massacres.

  18. There is a simple solution to this. Legalise the recreational use and people can receive solutions rather than pure powder which you indeed shouldnt get onto your skin becouse the amount youd absorb through your skin will most likely be enough to kill you. Only in solution you can get any chance of dosing it. Of course, even if this didnt reduce deaths, its still better to have deaths due to free choices of the dead person rather than to avooid death and deny people choices.

  19. Trump and RepubliCons want to cut money for drug treatments (which is, by the way, most drug addicts are white despite RepubliCons attributed them to Blacks) and take that money to give it to those 1%'ers who bribed them and financed their political campaigns.

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