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By Maggie fox
Drug overdose deaths rose above 70,000 in 2017, according to new government statistics out on Thursday.
Suicide rates also rose, by 3.7 percent. Together, these two causes of untimely death lowered U.S. Life Controls for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
“The latest CDC data show that the U.S. life expectancy has declined over the past few years. Tragically, this troubling trend is largely driven by deaths from drug overdose and suicide, ”CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said in a statement.
“These sobering statistics are a challenge that we’re losing too many people, too early.”
Overall life expectancy for Americans was 78.6 years in 2017, a drop of 0.1 year. That may not seem like much, but life expectancy goes up a little each year. If it goes down,
9.6% increase in the number of deaths, from 63.632 in 2016 to 70.237 in 2017. deaths from synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and tramadol. They accounted for nearly 30,000 of the drug overdose deaths.
“West Virginia (with 57.8 overdose deaths per 100,000 people), Ohio (46.3 overdose deaths per 100,000), Pennsylvania (44.3), and the District of Columbia (44),” the CDC report reads.
If you are on the road to the death rate between 2015 and 2016, you can’t keep up with the epidemic of opioid abuse.
Suicide rates also continued a worrying rise. “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,” a second CDC report reads.
“Suicide rates have increased since 1999 for both males and females ages 10-74. Rates in the most rural U.S. The counties are much higher than the rates in the most urban counties. ”
The 10 leading causes of death. Cancer deaths fell by 2.1 percent, leaving heart disease 1 killer of Americans. Unintentional injuries, followed by chronic respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia.
“In 2017, a total of 2,813,503 resident deaths were registered in the United States – 69,255 more deaths than in 2016,” the CDC report reads.