US life expectancy drops amid rise in suicides and overdoses

Fentanyl user with a syringe in Philadelphia

Fentanyl user with a syringe in Philadelphia

CDC data shows that nearly 70,000 more Americans died in 2017 than 2016

Life expectancy in the US has dropped in 2017 as the rates of overdose-related deaths and suicides continued to climb.

Data released yesterday (November 29) by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) shows that 2.8 million Americans died in 2017, nearly 70,000 more than in the previous year.

This is the highest yearly death toll since the government started counting over a century ago.

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