This is what I found on HEALTH.COM:

American life expectancy has fallen again. According to newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people in the U.S. can now expect to live until 78.6 years of age–down from 78.7 years in 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.

“Tragically, this troubling trend is largely driven by deaths from drug overdose and suicide,” CDC director Robert R. Redfield, MD, said in a statement. “Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the nation’s overall health, and these sobering statistics are a wakeup call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable.”

Suicides increased by 3.7% in 2017 compared to 2016, and drug overdoses by 9.6%. n 2017, more than 70,000 Americans died of a drug overdose, a number that’s been increasing since 1999, according to the new data. Then, there were 8.2 drug overdose deaths among men per every 100,000 people and 3.9 for women. Today, those rates have risen to 29.1 and 14.4, respectively. Adults between the ages of 25 and 54 had higher rates of deaths due to drug overdose than younger or older people, and West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania were hit particularly hard.

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