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CDC Director’s Media Statement on U.S. Life Expectancy

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Contact: Media Relations,
(404) 639-3286

“The latest CDC data show that the U.S. life expectancy has declined over the past few years. Tragically, this troubling trend is largely driven by deaths from drug overdose and suicide. Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the Nation’s overall health and these sobering statistics are a wakeup call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable. CDC is committed to putting science into action to protect U.S. health, but we must all work together to reverse this trend and help ensure that all Americans live longer and healthier lives.”

— Robert R. Redfield, M.D., CDC Director

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

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