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The deaths from drug overdose increased more than 70,000 in 2017, representing almost 10 percent increase to a record high, according to new government statistics on Thursday.
Suicide rates increased by 3.7 percent. Together, these two unfortunate causes of death for the second year in a row lowered the life expectancy of the United States, reported disease control and prophylaxis centers.
"The latest CDC data show that life expectancy in the United States has fallen in recent years. Tragically, this disturbing trend is largely due to deaths from drug overdose and suicide," says CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield
"This intelligent statistics are a reflection of the fact that we are too many Americans to lose too early and too often in conditions that can be prevented."
The total life expectancy for Americans in 2016 was 78.6 years, which is a decrease of 0.1 years. It may seem like a lot, but usually life expectancy increases slightly each year. If it diminishes, it means that people die at a younger age.
The mortality rate is mainly determined by an amazing 9.6% increase in drug-related deaths from 63,632 in 2016 to 70,237 in 2017. Most overdose caused some type of opioid and the CDC National Health Statistics Center recorded a 45% increase in deaths from synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and tramadol. There were nearly 30,000 overdose deaths.
In 2017, the highest incidence of overdose was observed in West Virginia (57.8 per 100,000 deaths), Ohio (46.3 deaths per 100,000 overdoses), Pennsylvania (44.3), and Columbia ( 44) The CDC message is readable.
However, the increase was not as high as a 21 percent leap in drug overdose mortality rates over the period from 2015 to 2016. However, the fact that rates are still rising, despite federal, national and local attention, shows that there is no attempt to combat the opiate's epidemic.
Suicide rates continued to increase alarmingly. "The suicide rate in the United States has risen from 10.4 suicides per 100,000 people in 1999 to 14 (per 100,000) in 2017," said the second CDC report.
"Suicide rates have increased for both men and women aged 10 to 74 years since 1999. Most of the rural areas in the United States are almost twice as large as in most of the urban areas."
The 10 main causes of death did not change. Cancer deaths dropped by 2.1 percent, leaving heart disease as a 1-American homicide. Accidental injuries, including drug overdose, are the third leading cause of death, followed by chronic diseases of the lower respiratory system, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease and suicide.
"In 2017, there were 2,813,503 deaths in the United States, accounting for 69,255 deaths compared to 2016," the CDC report said.