(ANSA) – living in the United States less than before because of the average life expectancy According to three government reports released today, it dropped in 2017 due to an increase in suicide rates and drug overdoses.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that Americans born in 2017 will be expected to live 78.6 years, which is about 0.1 years less than in 2016. In 2017, in the United States, more than 2.8 million deaths, which is almost 70 thousand more than in the previous year.
"The life expectancy gives us an idea of the general health of the nation, and this sensible statistics is a warning sign that we too much and too often lose too many Americans," said Robert Redfield, CDC Director
"We have to work together to change this trend and help ensure that all Americans have a longer and healthier life," continued the expert. The fall was mainly due to drug overdose and suicide deaths, which have steadily increased in recent years. Last year, nearly 70,240 Americans died of drug overdose last year, up from 63,630 last year.
The proportion of deaths caused by drug sales has changed in recent years, the CDC reports, stating that the number of synthetic opioid overdoses increases by 45% between 2016 and 2017.
President Donald Trump began fighting the opioid epidemic in the country. In December 2017, he stated that the crisis was an emergency in the field of national health and even stated that he would like to commence the death penalty for drug-traffickers.
At the same time, the suicide rate from 2006 to 2017 increased by about 2%, according to CDC data. Suicides were among the tens of deaths among Americans of all ages and the second leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 34 years. According to official figures, the number of suicides among men increased by 26% from 17.8 points in 1999 to 22.4 years in 2017, while the proportion of women in the same period increased by 53%.