"West Virginia (with 57.8 overdose deaths per 100,000 people), OH (46.3 overdose deaths per 100,000), Pennsylvania (44.3), and the District of Columbia (44 ) had the highest observed age-adjusted drug overdose death rates in 2017", the CDC report reads.
New Hamphire State Drug LaboratoryThe official numbers for opioid-related deaths in 2017, released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today, demonstrate once again the folly of trying to tackle this problem by reducing access to prescription pain pills.
Life expectancy in the us has fallen once again, following a trend that began in 2015 when the average expected life span of a baby born in the United States took a small but significant hit.
In 2017, the difference in life expectancy between females and males increased 0.1 year from 4.9 years in 2016 to 5.0 years in 2017.
West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania had the three highest age-adjusted rates of fatal overdoses. That period included World War I and a flu pandemic that killed 675,000 people in the United States.
Place also mattered when it came to drug overdose deaths, with some states registering higher numbers than others, the report shows. "I really do believe that people are increasingly hopeless, and that that leads to drug use, it leads...to suicide", he said. But deaths in younger age groups - particularly middle-aged people - have had the largest impact on calculations of life expectancy, experts said.
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Though deaths from overdoses of all types of opioids have increased since 1999, the change in mortality induced by synthetic opioids other than methadone, meaning products like fentanyl, has had the most alarming upswing. In 1999, by contrast, that number was around 10.5 per 100,000 people.
If you're thinking about suicide, are anxious about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 across the United States at 1-800-273-8255.
Among drug overdose causes, synthetic opioids saw a 47 percent spike in a single year, with a total of 47,600 deaths being caused by synthetic opioids as well as other narcotics such as heroin.
"We're seeing the drop in life expectancy not because we're hitting a cap [for lifespans of] people in their 80s".
Rates in rural USA counties are almost twice as high as in urban counties, the government statisticians say.
Between 2016 and 2017, suicide rates increased by 3.7 percent. Though constant, the rate has increased over time from about 10 suicides per 100,000 in 1999 to 14 per 100,000 in 2017.
The CDC figures are based mainly on a review of 2017 death certificates.
"There has been an assumption at times that overdoses fit into one of two categories: they're intentional or they're unintentional", she says. Earlier CDC reports have noted increasing rates of suicide by gun.