Thursday, February 6, 2020
Economic toll of deaths of despair.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on January 30 that US life expectancy at birth rose in 2018. This followed a decline in life expectancy in the years 2014 to 2017, caused by ‘deaths of despair’ among low-educated, white baby boomers, linked partly to escalating use of opioids. However, life expectancy and health for this segment of the population is not improving and their employment prospects are blighted by long-term economic restructuring and low labour mobility.