United States life expectancy drops, overdoses climb - govt report

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Newly revised data released concurrently by the CDC Thursday showed that some 70,000 people died from drug overdose in 2017, fewer than previously thought but still a shockingly high figure.

Life expectancy in the United States has again declined due to the increase in deaths from drug overdose and suicides from 2016 to 2017.

"We must all work together to reverse this trend and help ensure that all Americans live longer and healthier", Redfield said in his statement, of the decline in life expectancy.

Suicides and drug overdoses were two reasons for an increase in the number of deaths in the United States previous year.

"Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the nation's overall health and these sobering statistics are a wake-up call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable", he said.

Life expectancy at birth decreased by 0.2 years between 2014 and 2015, which was the first drop seen since 1993.

People between 25 and 54 years of age were the most likely to experience death from overdose, with 38 deaths per 100,000 people recorded in the age groups between 25 and 34 and between 45 and 54. That was also a record number, driven largely by an increase in fentanyl deaths.

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Overall, suicides increased by a third between 1999 and 2017, the report showed. When those death rates were broken down by ethnicity and sex, white people-both men and women-had a statistically significant increase in death rate, although their absolute rates were still lower than those of black men and women.

From 2016 to 2017, the age-adjusted death rates increased for seven of the 10 causes - influenza and pneumonia (5.9% increase), unintentional injuries (4.2%), suicide (3.7%), diabetes (2.4%), Alzheimer disease (2.3%), stroke (0.8%) and chronic lower respiratory diseases (0.7%) - and decreased for one of them, cancer (2.1% decrease).

Montana had the highest suicide rate, and NY the lowest. That may not seem like much, but usually, life expectancy goes up a little each year. In 2017, there were 22 overdose deaths per 100,000 people, compared to six per 100,000 people in 1999. Provisional CDC data suggests that drug overdose deaths may have peaked in 2017, although the change is unevenly distributed across the country. That is up from 10.5 in 1999 and from 13.5 past year.

If you're thinking about suicide, are anxious about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 across the United States at 1-800-273-8255. A 2017 analysis of opioid-related fatalities in MA found that heroin or fentanyl was the deadliest drug in 85 percent of the cases.

"We're seeing the drop in life expectancy not because we're hitting a cap [for lifespans of] people in their 80s". Cancer deaths declined by 2.1 percent in 2017, CNN noted. "Rates in the most rural US counties are almost two times higher than rates in the most urban counties". However, since 2008, suicide has ranked 10 and has been growing at an alarming rate.

Recent analysis from the Drug Enforcement Agency indicates that drugs continue to grow cheaper and more prevalent as they flow freely across the southern border and in to the country through the US mail. However, this 2017 urban suicide rate is 16 percent higher than in 1999 (about 10 per 100,000), while the 2017 suicide rate for the most rural counties is 53 percent higher than in 1999 (about 13 per 100,000), the report indicates.

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