(ANSA) – In the United States lives less than before, because the average expected lifespan It fell in 2017 due to an increase in suicide rates and an overdose of drugs, according to three government reports released today.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Americans born in 2017 are expected to live 78.6 years, about 0.1 years less compared to 2016. In addition, more than 2.8 million deaths in the US in 2017, almost 70 thousand more than the previous year, added the center.
"The life expectancy gives us a picture of the general health of the nation and these sobering statistics are a warning sign that we are losing too many Americans, too soon and too often," said CDC Director Robert Redfield
"(We must) work together to change this trend and help ensure that all Americans have a longer and healthier life," the expert continued. The fall is mainly due to deaths from drug overdose and suicides, which have been steadily increasing in recent years. Last year, nearly 70,240 Americans died of drug overdose, compared to about 63,630 years ago.
"The drug model involved in excessive drug overdose has changed in recent years," the CDC added in its report, noting that a 45% increase in overdose deaths from synthetic opioid drugs between 2016 and 2017.
President Donald Trump has begun a fight against the country's opioid epidemic. In December 2017, he said the crisis was a national health emergency and even said he would be ready to instigate the death penalty for those who sold drugs.
At the same time, the suicide rate increased by about 2% between 2006 and 2017, according to CDC data. Suicide was ranked as the tenth cause of death among Americans of all ages and the second leading cause of death in people aged 10 to 34 years. According to official data, in men, the suicide rate increased by 26% – from 17.8 in 1999 to 22.4 in 2017 – while the female rate increased by 53% in the same period.