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Thursday, February 07, 2013

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This is scary. Another home run type piece about things nobody is talking about.

I dont mean to seem like im "Blaming the victim" . But i do have to wonder how much drugs have affected the life span of many Americans. White or black .

As you say, the closings of factories across the country have been devestating to many blue collar communities. But the Crack Epidemic that hit America in the mid to late 1980s did tremendous damage to the physical health and the social health of many blue collar communities [Both white and black] And its my understanding that Meth, has wrecked many blue collar communities as well[ My understanding is that Meth seems to be more of a problem in white blue collar communities]

Im not discounting the health affects of poverty. But if someone loses thier job in a factory and has to work at Dollar General for $7.25 an hour,, that is tragic.But i cant see it causing a huge cut in their lifespan .

I would add that i personally know several people in my neighborhood that pretty much dropped ead in their early 40s. It wasnt even overdoses. It was just that their bodies had taken too much drug,alcohol and tobacco abuse over the years.And just couldnt take anymore. Their hearts simply stopped beating. Its tragic when this happens.But a lack of money was not their problem

I don't know whether the linked article addresses this, but in *most* cases dealing with *average* life expectancy the key factor is infant or childhood mortality. I.e., the dying at a very young age throws off the curve.

In the middle ages, the life expectancy at birth was around 30 years, but most people didn't die at 30: a large number of people died in childhood or infancy, and if you lived to 21, the average life expectancy was about 65.

None of this is to suggest that this isn't a problem; of course it is. But it does help focus on the precise problem, which is likely to have a lot to do with the availability of health care to the children of people in the lower economic brackets as well as with the kinds of lives led by their children.

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