Sunday, November 18, 2018 |
Department: Casualty Report —
Topic: Civilization —
Deaths of Despair
Are Middle-Agers Giving Up?
by Heather Zeiger
A Brookings Institute study by Anne Case and Angus Deaton described an increase in "deaths of despair," or deaths caused by suicide, drug addiction, alcohol poisoning, and liver disease. Their two reports, published in 2015 and 2017, pointed to an increase in mortality rates among white Americans, particularly those with a high school degree or less. This was particularly evident among middle-aged Americans aged 45-54. In other countries and other demographics, the average mortality rate is . . .
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