(NBC News) Life expectancy is down in the U.S. and large numbers of overdoses and suicides are largely blamed.
The Center for Health Statistics of the National Center for Disease Control has denounced more than 70,000 people in excess of 2017, almost 10% in a year.
Suicides have risen by nearly 4%.
Together, for two reasons of death, the main reason for life expectancy has fallen for the third consecutive year.
In a statement, CDC Director Robert Redfield said, "These sobering statistics are waking up, Americans are losing too much, too early and often, the prevention conditions."
The American life expectancy is now 78.6, and despite the increase in drugs, CDC reports a heart disease, it remains the only killer of the nations, following cancer.
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