(ANSA) – In the United States lives less than earlier, because the average average life expectancy It fell in 2017 due to the increase in suicide rates and drug overdoses, according to three government reports released today.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that Americans born in 2017 should live 78.6 years, 0.1 years less than in 2016. In addition, more than 2.8 million deaths in the United States in the year 2017, which is almost 70 thousand more than in the previous year.
"Expected life expectancy gives us an idea of the nation's overall health and these stagnant statistics are a warning signal that we are losing too many Americans too soon and too often," said CDC director Robert Redfield
"We have to work together to reverse this trend and help ensure that all Americans have a longer and healthier life," the expert said. The decline was mainly due to deaths from drug overdoses and suicides that have been steadily rising in recent years. Nearly 70,240 Americans died last year for drug overdoses, compared to 63,631 a year ago.
"The pattern of drugs involved in drug overdose deaths has changed in recent years," the CDC said in its report and reported a 45% increase in the number of deaths from synthetic overdoses of drug opiates between 2016 and 2017.
President Donald Trump launched a fight against the epidemic of opiates in the country. In December 2017 he declared that the crisis was a national health emergency and even declared he would be willing to introduce a death sentence for those who sell drugs.
At the same time, the suicide rate increased by about 2% between 2006 and 2017, according to the CDC. Suicide was considered 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, the male suicide rate increased by 26% – from 17.8 in 1999 to 22.4 in 2017 – while the female mortality rate increased by 53% over the same period.