(ANSA) – In the United States live less than before, because of the average life expectancy It fell in 2017 due to an increase in suicide rates and drug overdoses, according to three government reports released today.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that Americans born in 2017 are expected to live 78.6 years, around 0.1 years less than in 2016. In addition, there are more than 2.8 million deaths in the United States in 2017, which is almost 70 thousand more than the previous year, the center added.
"Life expectancy gives us a general picture of national health and serious statistics. This is a warning sign that we are losing too many Americans, too fast and too often," said CDC Director Robert Redfield.
"(We must) work together to reverse this trend and help ensure that all Americans have a longer and healthier life," continued the expert. The decline was mainly due to deaths from drug overdoses and suicide, which has continued to increase in recent years. Nearly 70,240 Americans died from a drug overdose last year, compared with around 63,630 a year earlier.
"The drug pattern involved in deaths from drug overdoses has changed in recent years," the CDC added in its report, noting a 45% increase in deaths from overdoses of synthetic opioid drugs between 2016 and 2017.
President Donald Trump began a battle against the opioid epidemic in this country. In December 2017 he stated that the crisis was a national health emergency and even stated that he would be willing to apply the death penalty for those who sell drugs.
At the same time, suicide rates increased by around 2% between 2006 and 2017, according to CDC data. Suicide is ranked as the tenth cause of death among Americans of all ages and the second leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 34 years. According to official data, among men, the suicide rate increased 26% – from 17.8 in 1999 to 22.4 in 2017 – while the rate for women increased by 53% in the same period.