(NBC News) The expected life expectancy in the United States is low and the increasing number of overdoses of drugs and suicide drugs is largely to blame.
The Center for the National Center for Health Statistics, the Center for Disease Control, reports that more than 70,000 people died of overdose in 2017, nearly 10 percent more than a year ago.
Suicides grew by almost 4 percent.
Together, the two causes of death are the biggest reason why the lifetime of the third consecutive year has fallen.
In a statement, CDC Director Robert Redfield said: "These sober statistics are a wake-up that we lose too many Americans, too early and too often, to prevent conditions."
The average expected life expectancy for Americans is now 78.6, and despite the increase in drug overdoses, the CDC report shows that heart disease remains the number one cancer killer followed by cancer.
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