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Drug overdose deaths over 70,000, driving down America's expected life expectancy

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Death overdosed deaths increased over 70,000 in 201

7, an increase of almost 10 percent to a new record high, according to new statistics from Thursday.

The suicide rate also rose by 3.7 percent. Together, the two causes of undue death reported the US lifespan for the second consecutive year, reported Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


“The latest CDC data show that US life has decreased over the last few years. Tragically, this worrying trend is largely driven by deaths from overdose and conviction of drug,” said CD Editor Dr. Robert Redfield in a statement.

“These sober statistics are an alarm clock that we lose to many Americans, too early and too often to preventable conditions. “

The total life expectancy for Americans was 78.6 in 2017, a decrease of 0.1 years. It may not look like much, but usually life expectancy increases a little each year. If it goes down, it means people die younger age.

Death rates are mostly driven by an eye-catching 9.6 percent increase in death overdose, from 63,632 in 2016 to 70,237 in 2017. Most of the overdoses involved opioids of some sort, and CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics recorded a 45 percent increase in the deaths of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and tramadol.


“West Virginia (with 57.8 overdose deaths per 100,000 people), Ohio (46.3 overdose deaths per 100,000), Pennsylvania (44.3) and District of Columbia (44) had highest observed age-adjusted drug doses overdue death rate in 2017, “read the CDC report.

Nevertheless, the increase was not as high as the 21 percent Going to the drug exceeded the death rate between 2015 and 2016. However, the fact that prices still rise despite federal, state and local attention show that efforts do not slow the epidemic of opioid abuse.

The suicide rates also continued a worrying increase. “The suicide rate in the United States has increased from 10.4 suicides per 100,000 in 1999 to 14 (per 100,000) in 2017,” reads a second CDC report.

“The suicide rate has increased since 1999 for both men and women ages 10 to 74. Prices in the most rural US counties are almost twice higher than the prices in the most urban counties.”


The 10 The main causes of death did not change in rank. Cancer deaths fell by 2.1 percent, leaving heart disease No. 1 killer of Americans. Accidental injuries, including drug overdoses, are the third leading cause of death followed by chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, flu and pneumonia, kidney disease and suicide.

“In 2017, a total of 2,813,503 inhabitants died in the United States – 69 255 more deaths than 2016, read the CDC report.

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