CDC: Opioid crisis leads to decline in average life expectancy

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According to newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people in the US can now expect to live until 78.6 years of age-down from 78.7 years in 2016.

According to the report titled "Mortality in the United States, 2017", the life expectancy for a baby born in 2017 fell to 78.6.

"The latest CDC data show that the US life expectancy has declined over the past few years", said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D.

"In 2017, a total of 2,813,503 resident deaths were registered in the United States - 69,255 more deaths than in 2016", the CDC report reads.

United States women continue to outlive men, and the death rate did decrease among 45- to 54-year-olds.

Public health and demographic experts reacted with alarm to the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's annual statistics, which are considered a reliable barometer of a society's health.

Death rates increased in 2017 - especially among people aged 25 to 44, according to the CDC.

Since 2013, the number of overdose deaths associated with fentanyls and similar drugs has grown to more than 28,000, from 3,000. This grim "top 10 list" remained unchanged from the previous year. "Life expectancy is improving in many places in the world". More remote areas have seen rates nearly twice as high as in urban areas.

Suicide rates also continued a worrying rise. Drug Overdose And Suicide-Related Deaths The unfortunate increase in deaths from a drug overdose previous year hit a record high of 70,237, an up from 63,632 in 2016.

The suicide rate is also the highest it has been in decades.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For the second time in three years, life expectancy in the USA has ticked downward.

The figures contained in the latest CDC report are a reflection of the diseased nature of American society and the failure of the capitalist system. Men could anticipate a life span of 76.1 years, down a tenth of a year from 2016.

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.

In addition to suicide, the United States is experiencing a drug abuse crisis, with more than 70,000 overdose deaths a year ago.

"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.

The rate in drug overdoses has skyrocketed in the same period. Though constant, the rate has increased over time from about 10 suicides per 100,000 in 1999 to 14 per 100,000 in 2017. Kentucky had a death rate of 37.2, which is above the national average.

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

The suicide rate in 2017 for males aged 75 and over (39.7) was significantly lower than the rate in 1999 (42.4).

Among males, the rate increased 26 percent between 1999 and 2017, from about 18 suicides per 100,000 to almost 22 per 100,000.

"We are starting to see more people dying as a result of using cocaine that has fentanyl cut into it", Levine said.

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