A new study suggests Mexico’s drug violence was so bad at its peak that it apparently caused the nation’s male life expectancy to drop by several months.
Experts say the violence from 2005-2010 partly reversed decades of steady gains. It was the first time life expectancy in Mexico declined since the country’s 1910-1917 revolution.
The study published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs says “the increase in homicides is at the heart” of the phenomenon, though deaths due to diabetes may have also played a role.
The study’s authors found that life expectancy for males in Mexico dropped by about six-tenths of a year from 2000-2010.
The decline largely occurred from 2005-2010. Mexico’s offensive against drug cartels started in 2006.
Meanwhile, violent rivalries among Jamaica’s lottery scam rings have helped drive the Caribbean island’s homicide rate to the highest level in five years.
Police say Jamaica had at least 1,192 slayings in 2015, a roughly 20 percent increase from the previous year. There were 1,005 killings in 2014, the lowest annual total since 2003.
Jamaica had about 45 slayings per 100,000 people in 2015. The island’s population is roughly 2.7 million.
It’s a long way from National Security Minister Peter Bunting’s goal of reducing the annual homicide numbers to 320 killings by 2017. In recent days, Bunting said officials “will not be deterred or daunted by this setback.”
Authorities attribute the rise in killings to clashes among lottery scam rings fighting over “lead lists” containing identity information about targets living abroad.