A trio of reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released yesterday reveal that, while all 10 of the leading causes of death from 2016 remain identical to those of 2017, another factor is contributing the overall decline in life expectancy.
"Tragically, this troubling trend is largely driven by deaths from drug overdose and suicide", CDC director Robert R. Redfield, MD, said in a statement.
Overall, there were more than 2.8 million USA deaths in 2017, or almost 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
Life expectancy was 78.6 years in 2017, down from 78.7 years in 2016, the CDC said.
The rate of deaths involving prescription opioids and heroin remained the same at 4.4 and 4.9, respectively.
People between 25 and 54 years of age were the most likely to experience death from overdose, with 38 deaths per 100,000 people recorded in the age groups between 25 and 34 and between 45 and 54. Not since the combined impact of World War I and the Spanish Flu in 1918 has the country experienced such a prolonged period of decline in life expectancy.
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. In both 2016 and 2017, female life expectancy was 81.1 years, while male life expectancy dropped from 76.2 years in 2016 to 76.1 in 2017. People can unknowing consume fentanyl when this drug contaminates other illegal substances; and small amounts of fentanyl can be fatal, Mooney said.
Age-adjusted suicide rates by sex United States 1999–2017
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a health conference in October, when that data came out, that the "seemingly relentless trend of rising overdose deaths seems to be finally bending in the right direction".
Of the 10 leading causes of death, only the cancer rate fell in 2017, while increases were observed in suicide, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's flu/pneumonia, chronic lower respiratory diseases and unintentional injuries.
Life expectancy in the United States began dropping in 2015.
The number of resident deaths recorded in the nation totaled more than 2.8 million in 2017, about 69,000 more than in 2016, a second government report shows.
The continued increase in overdose deaths is affecting the overall health of the nation. While still relatively uncommon, suicides accounted for 14 deaths per 100,000 people in the USA previous year.
A third report found that suicide rates also continue to climb, particularly among rural Americans.
Separately, suicide rates have increased by about 2 percent per year between 2006 and 2017, according to the CDC's data. The cases in rural counties were nearly double than the suicide rates in urban counties.
"We are starting to see more people dying as a result of using cocaine that has fentanyl cut into it", Levine said.