“Over the past 15 years, death rates among white women in the United States have mysteriously surged. New research pins blame on an insidious culprit: prescription painkillers.
Demographers recently uncovered a startling trend: In 42.8 percent of U.S. counties, mortality rates for women rose between 1992 and 2006. Male rates, meanwhile, increased in a mere 3.4 percent of counties. Between 1999 and 2011, death rates climbed substantially among only white women, ages 15 to 54. A study from the Urban Institute, published Thursday, attributed half the rise to “accidental poisoning,” or drug overdoses.”
Source: WashingtonPost.com – March 5, 2015