(NBC News) Life expectancy is down in the US, and the increasing number of overdoses and excessive drugs is mainly at fault.
The National Center for Health Statistics for Health Statistics reports that more than 70,000 people have surrendered in 2017, an increase of almost 10 percent of the previous year.
Suicides rose almost 4 percent.
With each other, the two causes of death are the biggest reason for life expectancy to fall for a third year in a row.
In a statement, CDC director Robert Redfield said, "These serious statistics are a seamless call that we lose too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are being hatal. "
Life expectancy for Americans is now 78.6, and despite the rise in drug overdose, the CDC report shows that heart disease remains a nation's killers, and then cancer.
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