▪ More than 52,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2015—the first time that grim total has exceeded 50,000. About 73 percent of all overdose deaths in 2015 were from prescription opioids and heroin—up from 57 percent in 2010.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
▪ Chicago broke a 95-yearold weather record last week when the famously cold city on Lake Michigan logged its 67th consecutive day without an inch of snow, amid February temperatures in the 60s.
▪ About 29 percent of protagonists in popular American films in 2016 were women— an all-time high, a new study found.
▪ More than 34 million Americans play video games an average of 22 hours each week; and 5 million play for 40 hours. The average young American today will have spent as many hours (roughly 10,000) playing video games by age 21 as he or she spent in classrooms.
▪ Life expectancy will jump across industrialized nations in the next two decades—but not in the U.S. By 2030, a new study found, women in South Korea will be able to expect to live to 91, while women in France, Japan, Spain and Switzerland will have life expectancies of 88. Average life expectancy in the U.S. will climb by less than three years in the same period, with women reaching 83 and men 79. Experts attribute the differences to diet, income inequality, and access to health care.