(ANSA) – In the United States, lives less than before, because the average life expectancy This fell in 2017 due to an increase in suicides and drug overdoses, according to three government reports released today.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that Americans born in 2017 are expected to live 78.6 years, which is about 0.1 years less than in 2016. In addition, more than 2.8 million deaths in the United States in 2017, that is, almost 70,000 more than the previous year, the center added.
“Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the nation’s overall health, and this sobering statistic is a warning sign that we too often lose too many Americans,” said CDC director Robert Redfield
“(We must) work together to reverse this trend and help ensure that all Americans have a longer and healthier life,” the expert continued. The fall was mainly due to death from drug overdoses and suicides, which have grown steadily in recent years. Last year, nearly 70,240 Americans died from a drug overdose, compared with 63,633 a year earlier.
“In recent years, the pattern of drugs related to drug overdose mortality has changed,” added the CDC in its report, noting a 45 percent increase in mortality from overdose of synthetic opioid drugs from 2016 to 2017
President Donald Trump began the fight against the opioid epidemic in the country. In December 2017, he stated that the crisis was a national health emergency and even stated that he would be ready to apply the death penalty to drug dealers.
At the same time, according to the CDC, the suicide rate increased by about 2% between 2006 and 2017. Suicide was rated as the tenth cause of death among Americans of all ages and the second leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 34 years. According to official data, among men, the suicide rate increased by 26% – from 17.8 in 1999 to 22.4 in 2017, while the rate for women increased by 53% over the same period.