At the current rate of drug overdose deaths in the United States, what is the average lifetime chance of dying from a drug overdose?
If drug overdose deaths continue at their current rate, one in every 62 people currently alive in the U.S. will die of a drug overdose. The overdose death rate per person has risen by 3.5 times since 2000, and more than 65,000 people per year are now being killed by them. Overdoses rob an average of 38 years of life from each victim, as compared to about 12 years of life from Covid-19. Also, overdose deaths occur in droves every year, which is unlikely for C-19 because genetic and immunological research has shown that the virus that causes it is "very vulnerable to antibody neutralization" and has limited capacity to mutate because of "a proof-reading function" in its genetics. Thus, vaccines and treatments for it are likely to be very effective in the long run.