Life expectancy in the USA continues to fall

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The primary group that saw jumps in their death rates were white Americans ― a 0.6 percent jump for white males and 0.9 percent for white females, according to the CDC.

"I think this is a very dismal picture of health in the United States", Joshua M. Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told The Washington Post. Prior to 2015, USA life expectancy had not declined for several decades.

"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", Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC director, said in a statement Thursday.

The report, called "Suicide Mortality in the United States, 1999-2017", was based on government records.

In 1900, the average person in the USA could expect to live just 47.3 years. Just 30 percent involved the category that includes the most commonly prescribed pain medications (the blue line), and some of those deaths also involved fentanyl or heroin (the yellow line), which was implicated in one-third of the opioid fatalities.

Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up US deaths previous year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. Meanwhile, death rates increased for suicide, stroke, diabetes, flu/pneumonia, chronic lower respiratory diseases, Alzheimer's, and unintentional injuries.

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.

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.

Recently that rise has been partly driven by the opioid epidemic and a sharp uptick in the number of deaths involving synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl - a stunning 45 percent leap in the span of a single year, between 2016 and 2017.

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The most striking trend in suicide deaths is their geographic distribution.

The rate increased to 39 per 100,000 among 35- to 44-year-olds.

Drug overdoses set another annual record in 2017, cresting at 70,237 - up from 63,632 the year before, the government said in a companion report.

-The percentage of suicides due to drug overdose has been inching downward. There were 14,495 overdose deaths attributed to narcotics such as oxycodone and hydrocodone and 3,194 from methadone, which is used as a painkiller. Deaths from heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans, which had been declining until 2011, continued to level off.

Most gun deaths are suicides.

Most notable is the widening gap between urban and rural Americans.

The suicide rate in the most rural counties is almost double that in the most urban ones, the data shows.

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

Now, the reports released by the CDC did not offer only bad news. However, this 2017 urban suicide rate is 16 percent higher than in 1999 (about 10 per 100,000), while the 2017 suicide rate for the most rural counties is 53 percent higher than in 1999 (about 13 per 100,000), the report indicates. People can unknowing consume fentanyl when this drug contaminates other illegal substances; and small amounts of fentanyl can be fatal, Mooney said.

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