HEALTH

Report: US Drug-Related Deaths Up, Life Expectancy Down

Nov 29, 2018, 9:29 AM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Drug overdoses in the United States have risen to a record high, which has driven down life expectancy throughout the country.

A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed drug overdose deaths rose by about 70,000 in 2017 — an increase of almost 10 percent.

The report also showed suicide rates rose by nearly 4 percent.

Together, those two causes of death have lowered life expectancy in the United States for the second year in a row.

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Report: US Drug-Related Deaths Up, Life Expectancy Down