(NBC News) Life expectancy has declined in the United States, and the increase in the number of drug addicts and suicides are largely guilty.
The National Center for Health Statistics of the Center for Disease Control reports that more than 70,000 people died of an overdose in 2017, an increase almost 10 percent of the previous year.
Suicides increased by almost 4 percent.
Together, the two causes of death are the most important reason why life expectancy has declined for the third consecutive year.
In a statement, CDC director Robert Redfield said: "These surpassed statistics are a warning call that we lose too many Americans, too soon and too often, in conditions that can be prevented."
The life expectancy of Americans is currently at 78.6 and, despite the increase in overdose of drugs, the CDC report shows that heart disease continues to be the # 39 ; number one killer of the country, followed by cancer.
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