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Mapping the Link Between Life Expectancy and Educational Opportunity []


By Renee Ryberg, Nadia Orfali Hall, Claire Kelley, Jessica Warren, and Kristen Harper, Child Trends, January 2020

In 2015, an average 15-year-old could expect to live to age 79. However, teens living in the 1 percent of neighborhoods with the lowest life expectancies could expect to live to 70β€”a lifespan nine years shorter.

Educational attainment, a key social determinant of health, is one of the most powerful predictors of life expectancy. This association has strengthened over the past 20 years, placing our nation’s schools at the forefront of initiatives to improve teen health outcomes and reduce health disparities.

Measures of educational attainment, however, provide state and local officials with little actionable information to guide their efforts. To effect change, officials need data that both identify the factors that influence educational attainment and illustrate the educational experiences schools provide.

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This is an interesting survey and study.  They found a perhaps 6% addition to life if you have a robust quality education..  This is well worth noting.  From what I can tell the only hard data we have of the results of emotional issues is the actual use of drugs for pain depression and psychological issues including binge drinking.  These people are not happy campers. 

The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) collects information on the reasons people misuse prescription psychotherapeutic drugs. NSDUH is an annual survey of the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population aged 12 years or older and is the primary source for statistical information on illicit drug use, alcohol use, substance use disorders, and mental health issues for this population. One of NSDUH's strengths is its large sample size, which allows for examinations of prescription drug misuse and the reason for that misuse.

  • PRESCRIPTION PAIN RELIEVERS                                                              91.8 million
  • PRESCRIPTION TRANQUILIZERS                                                              38.2 million
  • PRESCRIPTION STIMULANTS                                                                      4.8 million
  • PRESCRIPTION SEDATIVES                                                                          18 million
  • SELF DESCRIBED BINGE DRINKERS                                                           65 million

Note: This does not take into account the 553,000 + homeless Americans we now have. The numbers are likely to be higher than 66% of living Americans.

To put this data in a way that my mind can grasp it the CDC states that people will lose 10 years of life if they have an ACEs score of 4> and 20 years loss of life if their ACEs score is 5>.  So let's look at Years Loss Of Life.  This is not easy to see as it happens at the end of life say from an expected life of 80 to be reduced to 70 years old at death.

Based on ACEs science and this current generation is 209.8 million Americans β€œThe 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)” have potential Years Loss of Life at 10 years each = 2,098,000,000 ( 2 billion 98 million YLOL )

With a quality robust education the YLOL of 2,098,000,000 is reduced to 1,972,100,000 year loss of life.  granted this is an improvement but to scale is a drop in the bucket of the total year's loss of life and quality robust education on its own will not get the job done. 

Unless I am wrong the word holocaust fits the facts. We are in a slow but deadly holocaust. An invisible holocaust.  I am almost 70 now and can say the golden years are the best years of life. We are losing our elders in their golden years from not seeing the impact that unresolved Adverse Childhood Experiences have on a person's life. This cuts across all economic and educational backgrounds.

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