New York billionaire and rumored presidential contender Michael Bloomberg announced Friday a $50 million donation to the opioid crisis amid a progressive decline in US life expectancy.
A record high of more than 70,000 people died of drug overdose deaths in 2017 and suicides climbed 3.7 percent, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics announced Thursday.
As a result, the average life span in America — seen as a key indicator of national health and prosperity — fell to 78.6 years. Statistics show a downward trend in life expectancy since 2014.
Bloomberg Philanthropies said the donation would help up to 10 states strengthen prevention and treatment efforts by addressing the root causes of opioid addiction and save lives over the next three years.
Michael Bloomberg is currently worth $47.4 billion.
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