(NBC News) The expected life expectancy is reduced in the United States, and an increasing number of overdose and suicide drugs are mostly blamed.
The National Center for Statistics on Health Care of the Center for Disease Control has revealed that more than 70,000 people have died from overdose in 2017, nearly 10 percent more than in the previous year.
Suicides have risen by almost 4 percent.
Together, the two causes of death are the main reason for the expected life expectancy for the third consecutive year.
CDC director Robert Redfield said in a statement: "These serious statistics are a call to awakening to lose too many Americans, too soon and too often, to conditions that can be prevented."
The expected life expectancy for Americans is now at 78.6, and despite an overdose of drug increases, the CDC report shows that cardiac disease remains the nation's number one, followed by cancer.
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