Mortality increases for young and middle-aged adults in the United States, with white and black people suffering from higher mortality compared to Spaniards, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in Tuesday.
Between 2012 and 2017, the percentage of white and black people between the ages of 25 and 44 increased by 21% for both groups, while Latin Americans of the same age group increased by 13%.
Sally Crathin, a statistician from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics and one of the authors of the report, said that the increase in suicide, murder and drug overdose contributed to the higher rates for the younger part of the group. ABC News Photo / Illustration
Suicides in the United States increased by 19.2% among young people between 25 and 34 from 2012 to 2017, according to the American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide. Homes in the country have risen from 2014 to 2016, although rates have been close to historic low, according to the study of the Congress.
Drug overdose has fallen by about 5% in 2018, the first drop since 1990, according to preliminary data released by the CDC earlier this month. Between 1999 and 2017 there were over 702,000 deaths from drug overdoses, 10% of which occurred in 2017, according to the agency.
Curtin noted that increasing mortality due to heart disease is a factor in the higher number of the older part of the 25-44 age group.
On a larger scale, mortality among the three groups differed.
The overall mortality rate for adult Spaniards aged 25 and over shows a general decline from 2000 to 2017, according to the study. Overall levels for black and white adults decreased in 2011 and 2012, but remained stable in 2017
For Spaniards aged 45-64, mortality remains stable from 2011 to 2017 after a decline from 2000 to 2011. However, rates for adults aged 45 to 64 years of white and black age are increasing from 2010 to 2017, with a higher increase for white adults than for adults from blacks and more, all three groups observed a general decrease over time.
Curtin noted that it is important to look at certain age groups to better understand the trends of death.
"[The overall data] something like the masks that happen in these other groups," she said.
The statistics are derived from death certificates from all 50 states and Washington, DC