By Ernie Mundell
THURSDAY DEC. 22, 2022 (HealthDay News). The 2021 final death rate data shows that the average American’s life expectancy at birth fell by a significant amount.
According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, the average American could expect to live 78.8 years in 2019. However, the life expectancy fell to 77 years by 2020 and to 76.4 years by 2021.
The agency stated that this is the U.S.’s shortest life expectancy estimate since 1996.
The decline is partly due to COVID-19, which has already killed more than 1.1 million Americans. The CDC also reports that fatal overdoses of illicit drugs like fentanyl rose in 2021.
Another way to look at it, “The death rate for the whole U.S. population rose by 5.3%,” according to the CDC. “From 835.4 deaths per 100k population in 2020, to 879.7 people in 2021.”
Women can expect to live longer lives than men. In 2021, the average age of a female could be 79.3 and a male average of 73.5 years.
According to the CDC: Heart disease remained the most fatal cause of death for Americans in 2021, with approximately 174 deaths per 100,000. Next came cancer (about 147 deaths/100k), and COVID-19 (1 about 104 deaths/100k).
Other top causes of death were stroke, COPD, other chronic respiratory diseases and unintentional injuries.
The CDC released a second report that examined the continuing rise in drug overdose deaths within the United States using data from 2001 to 2021.
The news was not good: Drug overdose deaths increased by a significant amount due to the opioid abuse epidemic and fatal fentanyl. In 2020, there were 28.3 deaths per 100,000. Now, it is 32.4.
“The rate of drug overdose deaths from synthetic opioids other that methadone” [drugs such as fentanyl, fentanyl analogs and tramadol]”Increased 22%,” the CDC stated. [per 100,000 people]From 21.8 in 2020 to 21.8in 2021.”
The agency said that fentanyl wasn’t the only culprit. Overdose deaths from cocaine increased by 22% between 2020-2021 and meth-related fatalities rose by a full three percent.
One good thing was that heroin abuse deaths declined by 32% during the same period, according to the CDC report.
Both reports were published in Data Brief by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
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Reach out to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service (SAMHSA), a national helpline that is free for those suffering from substance abuse issues.
SOURCES: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release, December 22, 2022. NCHS Data Brief, December 20, 2222.
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