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Policy implications of marked reversals of population life expectancy caused by substance use

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medicine, March 2016
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#49 of 1,709)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)
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Title
Policy implications of marked reversals of population life expectancy caused by substance use
Published in
BMC Medicine, March 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12916-016-0590-x
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Authors

Jürgen Rehm, Peter Anderson, Benedikt Fischer, Antoni Gual, Robin Room

Abstract

Life expectancy has been increasing steadily over the past century in most countries, with only a few exceptions such as during wartimes. Marked reversal of life expectancy has been linked to substance use and related policies. Three such examples are discussed herein, namely the double reversal of life expectancy trends (first to positive, then to negative) associated with reducing alcohol supply in the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), followed by a rapid increase in availability; the impact of the rapid increase of prescription opioids on white non-Hispanics in the US; and the systemic impact of the violence accompanying the drug war in Mexico on the life expectancy of men. Alcohol policies were crucial to initiate the positive reversal in the USSR, and different substance use policies could have avoided the negative impacts on life expectancy of the described large groups or nations. Substance use policies can be responsible for abrupt negative changes in life expectancies. An orientation of such policies towards the goals of public health and societal well-being can help avoid such changes.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 3%
Unknown 36 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 9 24%
Student > Master 7 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 16%
Unspecified 5 14%
Student > Bachelor 3 8%
Other 7 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 9 24%
Unspecified 6 16%
Medicine and Dentistry 5 14%
Nursing and Health Professions 4 11%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 3 8%
Other 10 27%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 184. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 23 January 2017.
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#45,619
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#49
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#2,961
of 285,343 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Medicine
#1
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