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The US mortality crisis: CDC reports extraordinary drop in life expectancy

The US mortality crisis: CDC reports extraordinary drop in life expectancy

FLORIDA, Nov 29 ― Life expectancy in the United States dropped yet again as drug overdose deaths continued to climb ― taking more than 70,000 lives in 2017 ― and suicides rose, a U.S. government report said today.

But now, co-occurrent crises have rendered life expectancy either flat or declining over the past three years.

"We must all work together to reverse this trend and help ensure that all Americans live longer and healthier", CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield said in a statement.

USA life expectancy dropped in 2017 for the third consecutive year, as deaths by suicide and drug overdose continue to claim more American lives.

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One result: Life expectancy in 2017 fell to an average of 78.6 years for the total US population, down from 78.7 years in 2016. That age range dovetails with the data on drug use, which showed people age 25 to 54 dying at higher rates than their older counterparts. It has not seen such a dip since the late 1910's, when World War I and the worst flu epidemic claimed one million lives.

Between 2016 and 2017, mortality rates also decreased for black women, and there was no significant change in rates for black men and Hispanic Americans.

Recent analysis from the Drug Enforcement Agency indicates that drugs continue to grow cheaper and more prevalent as they flow freely across the southern border and in to the country through the US mail.

For a long time, USA life expectancy rates were increasing, rising a few months almost every year.

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"Not only the fentanyl alone, but also fentanyl which is sometimes mixed with other street drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine", Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Dr. Mark Hurst said.

Allowing for deaths involving multiple opioids, the CDC's numbers indicate that pain pills account for less than 30 percent of these deaths, and the actual number is probably considerably lower.

The 10 leading causes of death remained the same as 2016-heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease, and suicide-but increases in deaths due to drug overdoses and suicide may be driving the overall decline. The life expectancy in New Jersey is slightly higher than the national average, at 80.9 years. The new numbers take that through 2017.

While numerous factors contribute to the spike in suicide rates, a recent study from the University of MI showed that the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why", which focuses on teen suicide, increases the risk of suicide among teens.

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Further, suicide is now the second leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 10 and 34, according to the report. The CDC compared states based on overdose deaths per 100,000 people.

According to the Associated Press, the suicide rate in America has reached a 50-year peak.

Overall, suicides increased by a third between 1999 and 2017, the report showed.

A third report found that suicide rates also continue to climb, particularly among rural Americans.

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