“Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans,” reported Gina Kolata on the front page of the NY Times, this past November. “Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group, unlike their counterparts in other rich countries, death rates in this group have been rising, not falling.”
Kolata’s big story was based on research by 2 Princeton University economists, the recent Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton and his wife Anne Case, and they identified the causes of perhaps half a million preventable deaths: “an epidemic of suicides and afflictions stemming from substance abuse: alcoholic liver disease and overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids.”
Behind this huge story, an equally big, even more sinister one told by investigative reporter
Sam Quinones, author of DREAMLAND: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.
Sam Quinones’ Website
“Losing Ground at Midlife in America” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America