New Study Shows How Guns Are Affecting Life Expectancy For Black Americans

Life expectancy for Americans down again, according to CDC report

Broken down by gender, men could expect to live an average of 76.1 years, down from 76.2 in 2016, while women could anticipate living until 81.1, the same age projected in 2016. For the second time in three years, U.S.

Josh Katz and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times note that the rising number of overdose deaths corresponds with the growing use of synthetic opioids known as fentanyls.

Snyder says through medication like methadone, they're able to help people through their addictions and minimize deaths.

The total number of deaths recorded in the nation reached more than 2.8 million in 2017, about 69,000 more than in 2016, the report showed, as the overdose death rate climbed 9.6 percent compared to 2016, while suicides rose 3.7 percent.

Reduced life expectancy usually falls with age, but it dropped suddenly at age 20 for black Americans as a result of being shot and killed, and steadily fell after the age of 20 among white Americans as a result of firearms suicide.

Life expectancy in the United States has dropped as drug overdose deaths and suicides continued to rise, a government report said Thursday.

In terms of deaths from suicide, Bernstein writes that there is a huge disparity between urban and rural Americans.

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ABC News: "Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down USA life expectancy" - "Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live".

"Another year of increasing numbers of drug overdose deaths is a national emergency, that can't be overstated", said John Auerbach, president and chief executive officer of the Trust for America's Health, in a statement.

Part of the issue is the rise in deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, which are extremely risky due to their potency. That's 47,173 people who took their lives in one year. There has been a dramatic increase in the suicide rate over the past decade.

People today are "less connected to each other in communities", George Washington University's William Dietz told NPR. "There are some data to suggest that that's led to a sense of hopelessness, which in turn could lead to an increase in rates of suicide and certainly addictive behaviors".

There are several things that are being put in place in order to reduce drug overdose deaths. We need to watch out for one another and never let anyone feel hopeless or helpless.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

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