By News Staff
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts residents are living longer while the number of deaths attributed to AIDS is on the decline.
That's according to the first decade-long death study by the state Public Health Department.
The report found that deaths from cancer, heart disease, and stroke also dropped between 2000 and 2009.
Life expectancy in Massachusetts reached an all-time high of 80.7 years in 2009, a gain of 2.2 years in a decade and higher than the average national life expectancy of 78.5 years.
In 2009, there were 124 deaths from HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts, the lowest number since the peak of the epidemic in 1994.
The study also found that poisonings - predominantly from overdoses on heroin, oxycodone and other opioids - were the leading cause of deaths from injury in Massachusetts.