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As recently as 2013, synthetic opioids accounted for just 1 death for every 100,000 people. The rate in 2016 was 6.2 per 100,000. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Americans’ life expectancy at birth declined for the second year in a row in 2016 as the nation grappled with an opioid crisis, the first time that’s happened in more than half a century.

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