Wealthy people are usually healthier, especially if they are educated and have the opportunity to fulfil their potential in life. Self harm occurs across the social classes. A worrying report by Boer Deng from Washington in the Times 25th April 2016 reminds us that some systems are worse than ours, and going backwards. Drug abuse needs resources to support victims, rather than these same resources being directed at traffickers. Legalise and tax is a better solution to the drugs problem, and then we will have the resources to treat the victims. The denial Americans are suffering from has ideological similarities to the denial of the UK regarding our NHS. Just as they need an honest debate, so do we…..
A sharp increase in suicides and deaths caused by substance abuse has cut the life expectancy of white women in America.
According to a government report, lifespans for white American women fell between 2013 and 2014 by about five weeks, from 81.2 years to 81.1 years. All other groups of US women increased their life expectancy.
An analysis of death records by The Washington Post suggested that rural communities were worst affected. In some rural regions the death rate among white women in their forties had risen by 30 per cent. In some places, it had doubled.
The data extends findings published last year by Angus Deaton, the Nobel prizewinning economist, which showed mortality rates climbing among middle-aged white people in America. The study argued that a combination of economic distress and an increase in availability of opioid painkillers was to blame. White school leavers drove the overall pattern.
Another Washington Post analysis found a strong correlation between counties with high death rates and a large proportion of voters supporting Donald Trump.