The death rates are driven mostly by a startling 9.6 percent increase in drug overdose deaths, from 63,632 in 2016 to 70,237 in 2017. Most of the overdoses involved opioids of some sort, and the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics recorded a 45 percent increase in deaths from synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and tramadol. They accounted for nearly 30,000 of the drug overdose deaths.

Drug overdose deaths top 70,000, drive down U.S. life expectancy

Drug overdoses, suicides cause drop in 2017 US life expectancy; CDC director calls it a 'wakeup call'

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Andy Axel's picture

Thanks, Marsha!

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Still not buying it....

The CDC's credibility has come into question. And why not? The DOJ and Homeland Security are hopelessly corrupt, staffed by idiots and scum. The FDA also has fallen to propaganda and subservience to the DEA who seek to control the most profitable industry on earth...Drugs.

This is the same CDC that suggested the country abandon Romaine lettuce after a whopping 23 people got a tummy ache.

70.000 deaths is no doubt very tragic, if the number is accurate. But in a nation of 375 million people that's not much of an "epidemic". Alcohol and cigarettes kill far more yet they are not a crises? Not even mentioned?
And of course government blames the drug and like true control freaks seek to corner the market. Fishy? You bet.

Now, people who genuinely require pain meds, and like the vast majority, use them responsibly, can't get them. Doctors are afraid to prescribe as the DEA wages war on physicians.
I've done drugs my whole life (I'm almost 60). How many OD deaths have I seen? Three. All intentional suicides. There's far more here than meets the eye.

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Somewhat deflective, but interesting

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Biggest jump in drug overdoses was among middle-aged women

The rate of deaths from opioid overdoses soared by nearly 500 percent among women over 30, the CDC found.

Biggest jump in drug overdoses was among middle-aged women

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Americans at greater risk of dying from opioid overdose than car

The National Safety Council puts the odds of dying from an opioid overdose in America at one in 96. That’s a higher chance than dying in a car accident.

Americans at greater risk of dying from opioid overdose than car crash, report says

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