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WASH­ING­TON: Life ex­pectancy in the US dropped yet again as drug over­dose deaths con­tin­ued to climb – tak­ing more than 70,000 lives last year – and sui­cides rose, a govern­ment re­port said yes­ter­day. The drug over­dose rate rose 9.6% com­pared with 2016, while sui­cides climbed 3.7%, said the US Cen­tres for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion’s Na­tional Cen­tre for Health Statis­tics. As a re­sult, the av­er­age life span in Amer­ica dropped to “78.6 years, a de­crease of 0.1 year from 2016,” said the re­port. The data comes as the US grap­ples with an opi­oid epi­demic, fu­elled by ad­dic­tion to pre­scrip­tion painkillers as well as street drugs. – AFP

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