Weir says pain may underlie rise in suicide and substance-related deaths among white middle-aged Americans
"A group of middle-aged whites in the U.S. is dying at a startling rate" - Washington Post. 11/2/2015.
The mortality rate for white men and women ages 45-54 with less than a college education increased markedly between 1999 and 2013, most likely because of problems with legal and illegal drugs, alcohol and suicide, a new study concludes. David Weir says these results show that this population is suffering physically and psychically. “I think it has to have something to do [with] the pain underlying it. That is the age when people have their midlife crisis . . . I think it has to do with that stage of life, and physical ailments do start to accumulate at that age."
Additional Media Coverage:
"More and More Middle-Aged White Americans Are Dying And Nobody's Quite Sure Why" - Gawker. 11/2/2015.
"Death rates rise in middle-aged white population" - Idaho Statesman. 11/3/2015.