Life expectancy in the United States is declining. A report that was released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that suicide and drug overdoses are the reason that life expectancy is declining. Robert Redfield is the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He stated that this data is disturbing.
Robert also stated that we are losing Americans too soon for reasons that could have been prevented. In 2017, the average life expectancy was 78.1. This is a 0.1 decrease from the year before. According to the CDC, 70,000 people died from a drug overdose in 2017. This is a 10 percent increase from the previous year.
Robert stated that the increase in deaths can be partially attributed to an aging population. However, many deaths are occurring in young and middle-aged people. Even though the life expectancy is decreasing, cancer and heart disease deaths in this country are declining.
Drug overdose deaths in this country are at an all-time high. One of the reasons that more people are dying from drug overdose is because of the easy access to Fentanyl, which is a synthetic opioid. The number of people dying from an Fentanyl overdose increased by 45 percent from 2016 to 2017.
There are several things that are being put in place in order to reduce drug overdose deaths. The Surgeon General and National Institute on Drug Abuse are pushing for people to have easy access to Naloxone. They want people to know where they can find Naloxone. They also want people to be trained on how they can administer it.
Health organizations have also been pushing for more mental health programs. They believe that more money should be spent on mental health education and treatment. Suicide rates have increased by 33 percent in less than 20 years.