(NBC news) Life expectancy in the United States has declined, and most are blamed for more drug overdose and suicide.
The National Center for Health Statistics Center for Disease Control reports that in 2017 more than 70,000 people died from overdoses, which is almost 10% higher than last year.
Suicides increased by almost 4 percent.
Together, both causes of death are the main reason why life expectancy has fallen for the third consecutive year.
CDC Director Robert Redfield said in a statement: "This intelligent statistics is a warning that we too many Americans lose too early and too often in circumstances that can be prevented."
Life expectancy for Americans is now 78.6 and, despite an increase in drug overdose, the CDC report suggests that heart disease remains the nation's number one killer, followed by cancer.
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