CDC says life expectancy down as more Americans die younger due to suicide and drug overdoseLast Updated: Friday, November 30, 2018
(CBS News, November 29)Increases in suicides and drug overdoses nationwide have caused American life expectancy to go down, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A baby born in the U.S. in 2017 is expected to live approximately 78 years and 7 months, a one month decrease from 2016.
In 2017, there were 2.8 million deaths in the country – an increase of about 70,000 over 2016. This is the highest number of deaths in a single year since the government began counting. There were over 70,000 drug-related overdose deaths in 2017, about a 10 percent increase from 2016.
"These sobering statistics are a wake-up call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable," Dr. Robert Redfield, the CDC's director, said in a statement. Read more.