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Deaths due to drug overdoses above 70,000, reduce US life expectancy



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By Maggie Fox

Deaths from drug overdoses rose above 70,000 in 2017, up nearly 10 percent to new record highs, according to new government statistics on Thursday.

The suicide rate also increased, by 3.7 percent. Together, these two causes of untimely death reduced US life expectancy for the second year in a row, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

NCHS

"The latest CDC data shows that US life expectancy has declined over the past few years. Tragically, this disturbing trend is largely driven by deaths from drug overdoses and suicide, "Director of the CDC Dr. Robert Redfield said in a statement.

"This serious statistic is a warning that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, for preventable conditions."


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