Heart disease death rate plummets, but overdose death rate rises, CDC says

Story highlights

  • Death rates for heart disease and cancer are down in the US compared with last year
  • The drug overdose death rate rose significantly, a CDC report says
  • The teen birth rate continues to decrease, but the preterm birth rate is increasing

(CNN)Three new reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bring both good and bad news about Americans' health.

Death rates for heart disease, cancer and HIV are all down in the United States in the year ending mid-2017 compared to the same period last year, according to one report published Friday by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. Despite these "wins," the overall mortality rate has increased from the same time last year, the report also indicated. This overall uptick includes the death rate for drug overdoses.