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Guns, Drugs, and Car Crashes: Why Americans Die Younger

Three paths to death explain much of the life expectancy gap between the U.S. and other wealthy nations.

The average American will die as many as two years sooner than if they lived in Western Europe or Japan. This can be attributed, in part, to three of the darker elements of life in the U.S.: gun violence, drug overdoses, and death on the road.

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