Drug overdoses rise, heart disease deaths fall: CDC

America’s overall health checkup is mixed, according to three federal reports out Friday.

First, the good news: Death rates for heart disease, cancer and HIV are all down as of mid-2017, compared to the same period last year.

Now, the bad news: Overall mortality rates are up from the same time last year, and deaths from drug overdoses in America rose a whopping 21% last year.

For every 100,000 residents, almost 20 died in drug overdoses in 2016, compared to 16.3 the year before, Bloomberg reported.

Drug overdoses spiked by an alarming 21% over the last year, reports the CDC.

Drug overdoses spiked by an alarming 21% over the last year, reports the CDC.

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CDC researcher Farida Ahmad called the spike in OD’s “a stark increase. And the entire nation is on notice. President Trump last month declared the country’s opioid epidemic a nationwide public health emergency. Other new reports show that teen pregnancy continues to decline. But overall preterm births, a birth that occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy, have persistently increased over the past couple of years.

“Preterm birth is associated with a number of adverse outcomes for the infant and for the mom, and so seeing that trend kind of ticking in the wrong direction is something that could be potentially concerning,” report author Lauren Rossen told CNN.

The new reports, Ahmad noted, identify emerging health trends and can assist healthcare professionals find the best strategies for helping people.

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