Anne Case and Angus Deaton (right) Princeton University economists, published a paper back in October 2015 entitled Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century. For most Americans, however, death rates are falling and life expectancy is increasing. But the paper finds that white, middle age Americans, especially those with less education, have rising death rates. Increased suicides and drug poisoning are the leading causes of the rise. Steve Sailer has dubbed this phenomenon “The White Death”. In contrast, some in the Main Stream Media have expressed doubt, but Professors Case and Deaton are exactly right and the numbers are easily accessible.
At only six pages, the paper makes quick and enlightening reading.
The primary source for death data is the Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics. The CDC publishes annual reports on deaths. Death data are collected from death certificates. The CDC has a U.S. Standard Certificate used by most states and counties use these forms to electronically transmit to states and then states to the CDC.
The CDC reports contain many tables but you can also view data from the CDC Wonder Compressed files. The most current death report for 2012 shows the 15 leading causes of death and the number of deaths and death rates for each cause. In 2012, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death. Drug poisoning was not among the top 15.
For all ages, suicide death rates rose from 10.5 per 100,000 in 1999 to 12.9 per 100,000 in 2012. For those who died between the ages of 45 to 54, the death rate rose from 13.9 to 20 per 100,000.
Hmm, that is a big spike. Who is committing suicide? The answers are in CDC reports.
All of these states, except New Mexico, have a large population of non-Hispanic, white residents. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates for 2012 are 62.1 percent of US residents were non-Hispanic whites but West Virginia, for example, was 92.5 percent white.
In, Deaths: Leading Causes for 2012, one finds that 40,600 people committed suicide, mostly by use of firearms. Of these suicide deaths, 31,780 (78%) were committed by men. The CDC distribution by age shows the span in which the suicide rate is greatest is 45 to 54 years of age and of the 8,832 suicides of these middle-aged people, 6,578 (75%) were committed by men.
Of the 6,578 middle-aged, male suicides, 87 percent were committed by white, non-Hispanic males. Additionally, for all suicide deaths, those with less education committed suicide most frequently.
Professors Case and Deaton are right about suicides. They say, “Although the epidemic of pain, suicide and drug overdoses preceded the financial crisis, ties to economic insecurity are possible. “ White, middle-aged men who live in states such as West Virginia and Kentucky are committing suicide at very high rates. Are they feeling economically insecure? Yes, they are.
In Deaths: Final Data for 2011, the CDC reports that “unintentional poisoning death rates in the United States have increased each year since 1999”. In 2012, 79 percent of poisoning deaths were unintentional. From 1999 to 2012, annual deaths for drug induced causes more than doubled from 19,128 to 43,819.
(Data for 2012 drug deaths and rates are available on the internet in PDF here. See Table I-4) Most of the deaths are caused by overdoses of controlled prescription drugs (CPDs).
Non-Hispanic whites have the highest drug death rates of any group. Between 1999 and 2012, the age-adjusted death rate for all non-Hispanic, whites rose from 6.8 per 100,000 to 17.6 in 2012. In contrast, the 2012 age-adjusted death rate for Hispanics was 6.8 per 100,000 and for non-Hispanic blacks, it was 9.6 per 100,000.
The highest death rate of poisoning by age is 45 to 54 years but the rates for ages 25 to 34 and 35 to 44 are close behind.
Drugs are a huge problem for men and women although the male drug-death rate is about 60 percent higher than that for females.
Where are drug poisonings on the rise? Again, West Virginia, Kentucky, and New Jersey according to the CDC.
In July, the CDC issued a press release entitled “Today’s Heroin Epidemic.” It states: “From 2002 through 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled.”
The CDC does not state what the problem is. But the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) does. Last October, the DEA released, 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary. (PDF) Acting Director Chuck Rosenberg said
The trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs pose a monumental danger to our citizens. . . .The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 46,471 of our citizens died of a drug overdose in 2013. . . . Overdose deaths, particularly from prescription drugs and heroin, have reached epidemic levels.
The Executive Summary of the DEA report says that the increased use of heroin is being caused by increased availability.
Repeat, because this is important: the increased use of heroin is being caused by increased availability. Controlled prescription drugs are expensive relative to abundant heroin—and heroin overdose deaths are increasing all over the United States but especially in the Northeast and Midwest. [US Heroin Epidemic: Growing Rates Of Addiction And Overdose Reported In New Jersey, Kentucky, Indiana, By Elizabeth Whitman, IBTimes, May 10, 2015]
DEA Director Rosenberg continued:
The most significant drug trafficking organizations operating in the United States today are the dangerous and highly sophisticated Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) that continue to be the principal suppliers of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana.
According to the DEA report, Mexican TCOs serve primarily as wholesale suppliers to the United States. There they rely on US-based gangs to distribute retail drugs. The report contains a color-coded map that shows the areas of influence of major Mexican TCOs in the US.
In August 2015, the Feds conducted Operation Mountain Justice in West Virginia. Most of those arrested were white men.(The names on the list of suspects are mostly white, Anglo-Saxon.) [Authorities Release Names Of Suspects Arrested In Huge Drug Roundup, by Jeffrey A. Morris , August 27 2015] According to local news sources, many had been workers in the local mine—but most of those jobs are gone. Eastern Kentucky has the same issue. [Obama promotes anti-heroin strategy in coal country, By Tara McKelvey BBC News,October 22, 2015]
In Washington State, on the left side of the country, the Seattle division of the DEA arrested twelve involved in a drug trafficking ring earlier this month. Most are probably Mexican nationals, judging from the names, even though the residences listed are mostly in Snohomish County, north of Seattle. Unfortunately, the suspected ring leader, Carlos Antonio Villa-Alvarez appears to be in Mexico. [Twelve Arrested in Major Meth & Heroin Trafficking Organization,DEA.gov, November 5, 2015]
Large numbers of Mexicans have poured into Washington State in recent years and are facilitated in drug operations because the state gives drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens. Does anyone want to wager on whether or not Villa-Alvarez has a license…or for that matter, that the whole enchilada of the trafficking organization drive with state licenses?
Drugs are a huge problem in Snohomish County and the cost falls on locals. According to the Everett Herald, the County Sheriff says that 90 percent of the inmates in the jail medical unit are withdrawing from heroin. The story also says, “Heroin use exploded in recent years as people addicted to prescription pain medications looked for a cheaper alternative.” As Snohomish is a white-bread county, these people are most likely whites. [12 arrested after big heroin and meth indictment, By Diana Hefley, Herald.net, November 5, 2015]
On the DEA website are photos of the “Most Wanted Fugitives” by area. For Seattle, 16 people are shown. 13 were born in Mexico, two (white)were in Canada, one (black) is liested as POB unknown, but presumably born in America.
Check to see what is happening in your neck of the woods.
What is the outlook for abating the flow of drugs from Mexico? According to the DEA the drug assessment study:
Mexican TCOs will continue to dominate the trafficking of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana throughout the United States. There are no other organizations at this time with the infrastructure and power to challenge Mexican TCOs for control of the US Drug market.
Drugs are a huge public health and crime problem and the Mexicans seem to be in control—not the U.S. Government.
Has anyone heard about the Federal Government hammering the Mexican government? Where was the MSM on this?
White Americans are in a world of hurt and suicides and drug poisoning are at epidemic levels and rising. The CDC concluded that. The increased use of heroin is being caused by increased availability. The DEA concurs.
The problem is…Fill in the blank. There are lots of alternatives beginning with Mexico.
Linda Thom [email her] is a retiree and refugee from California, now living in Washington State. She formerly worked as an officer for a major bank and as a budget analyst for the County Administrator of Santa Barbara.