Something really sad is happening in America. White women who never graduated high school are seeing their life expectancy shrink dramatically.
The reasons for the decline remain unclear, but researchers offered possible explanations, including a spike in prescription drug overdoses among young whites, higher rates of smoking among less educated white women, rising obesity, and a steady increase in the number of the least educated Americans who lack health insurance.
The steepest declines were for white women without a high school diploma, who lost five years of life between 1990 and 2008, said S. Jay Olshansky, a public health professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the lead investigator on the study, published last month in Health Affairs. By 2008, life expectancy for black women without a high school diploma had surpassed that of white women of the same education level, the study found.
The unmentioned problem is Methamphetamine which is a plague in the heart of Red State America.
NBC News has reported that the usage among pregnant women in the midwest is so bad that a new kind of Meth Baby is being born way too frequently.
What is going on in the heartland?