(ANSA) – The United States lives less than before, since the average of lifespan It fell in 2017 due to the increase in the rate of suicide and overdose of drugs, according to three government reports that were released today.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that it expects Americans born in 2017 to live 78.6 years, about 0.1 years less compared with 2016. In addition, there were more than 2.8 million deaths in the United States in 2017, that is, almost 70 thousand more than in the previous year, the center added.
"The life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the general health of the Nation and these gratuitous statistics are a sign of warning that we are losing too many Americans, too soon and too often," said the director of the CDC, Robert Redfield
"(We have) work together to reverse this trend and help ensure that all Americans have longer and healthier lives," continued the expert. The fall was mainly due to deaths due to overdose of drugs and suicides, which have increased steadily in recent years. Almost 70,240 Americans were killed by drug overdose last year, compared to approximately 63,630 the previous year.
"The drug pattern involved in the deaths due to overdose of drugs has changed in recent years," the CDC added in its report, pointing to a 45% increase in deaths due to overdose of synthetic opioid drugs between 2016 and 2017.
President Donald Trump started a battle against the opium poppy in the country. In December 2017 he declared that the crisis was a national emergency of health and even affirmed that he would be willing to institute the death penalty for those who sell drugs.
At the same time, the rate of suicide increased approximately 2% between 2006 and 2017, according to data from the CDC. Suicide was classified as the tenth cause of death among Americans of all ages and the second leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 34 years. According to official data, among men, the rate of suicide 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.