It sucks to be a middle-aged white person
The New York Times reports that the death rated for middle-aged white people (45-54) has increased substantially during the last 15 years, and that middle-aged Hispanics have a much lower death rate.
Suicides and drug/alcohol addiction are the reason why the death rates have risen.
The good news, however, is that if you have a college degree then this rising death rate doesn’t apply to you.
But why is it happening? I think that it’s the declining economic and social fortunes of middle-age whites without college degrees, causing them to turn to drugs, alcohol, and suicide.