(ANSA) – Living in the United States is less than before because it is the average life expectancy The fall in 2017 is due to increased suicide rates and drug overdoses, according to three government reports released today.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that Americans born in 2017 would live 78.6 years, about 0.1 years less than in 2016. Additionally, there were more than 2.8 million deaths in the United States in 2017 , or nearly 70 thousand more than in the previous year, the center added.
"Expected life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the nation's general health, and this serious statistics is a sign of losing too many Americans too soon," said director of CDC Robert Redfield
"We must work together to reverse this trend and help ensure that all Americans have longer and healthier lives," he continued. The decline is mainly due to deaths from overdose and drug suicide, which have been rising steadily over the last few years. Almost 70,240 Americans died last year from drug overdoses, compared to 63,630 last year.
"A sample of medicines involved in drug overdose has changed in recent years," he added in his CDC report, observing a 45 percent increase in deaths from overdose of synthetic opioid drugs between 2016 and 2017.
President Donald Trump began fighting the opioid epidemic in the country. In December 2017, he said the crisis was a national health event and even said he would be ready to launch a death penalty for those who sell drugs.
At the same time, suicide rates increased by about 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. According to official figures, suicide rates among men increased by 26%, from 17.8 in 1999 to 22.4 in 2017, while the rate for women increased by 53% in the same period.