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Life expectancy in the USA has been decreasing for three years in a row.

Life expectancy in the US in 2017 was reduced again, this was the third year of such a reduction in a row, the newspaper writes Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

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On November 29, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published two new reports, and there was no good news. In 2017, opioid overdose cost the lives of more than 70 to thousands of Americans. Together with the increase in 3,7% suicide, this again led to a decrease in the average life expectancy in the country.

Over the past three years, life expectancy in the United States has decreased by almost four months. In the ranking of countries with the longest life expectancy, the United States occupy a 29 place, the average life expectancy in a state is 78,6 of the year.

Mortality increased particularly among white men and white women (+ 5,6 deaths on 100 000 population), slightly less it increased among black men (+ 2,1 deaths on 100 000 population). Among black women (-6,1 deaths on the 100 000 population) and Latin Americans (-2,2 deaths on the 100 000 population), mortality decreased.

A significant increase in the number of opioid overdoses in the country is due to the great popularity of potent and therefore dangerous synthetic substances and drugs. The number of deaths due to an overdose of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids increased in 2017 by 45% compared with the previous year.

The New York Times estimates that an overdose that killed 70 people in 2017 has long overshadowed other causes of death in the United States. Thus, in 1995, more than 40 thousand people died in the United States from AIDS. In 2015, over 38 Americans died from gunshot wounds, most by suicide. In the late 1960s, more than 50 people died in car accidents in the United States every year. This is the highest death rate for these reasons in the history of the United States, but deaths from opioids were more widespread.

According to economists at Princeton University Anne Case and Angus Deaton, the use of opioids, alcohol and the use of firearms for suicide is associated with a decline in the social status of white Americans with secondary education since the 1970-s.

Translation of the article prepared edition InoPressa.

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