Spike in Fatal Drug Overdoses & Suicides Lowers Average U.S. Life Expectancy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cause of death statistics for 2017 were recently released to the public. The dataset shows a harrowing 10% spike in drug overdose deaths and a nearly 4% rise in suicides. The rise in both untimely causes of deaths have dropped the average American life expectancy, down to 78.6 years.

The majority of overdose deaths in 2017 could be attributed to an opioid or opiate. Accidental fatal fentanyl overdoses in particular increased nearly 50% between 2016 and 2017. According to the data, an approximate total of 82 Americans lose their life each day due to fentanyl or another powerful opioid, which can be laced into other substances without the user’s knowledge.

New Jersey was among more than a dozen other states with a statistically higher overdose death rate than the average U.S. rate. West Virginia had the highest fatal overdose rate at nearly 58 overdose deaths per 100,000 residents.

The CDC categorizes drug overdoses as an “unintentional injury” in its death rate statistics. Unintentional injuries are currently the third highest cause of death in the country. Suicide, which also rose between 2016 and 2017, is the 10th most common cause of death.

(For more information about this ongoing story, you can click here to view a full article from NBC.)

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