Casualties of the social counterrevolution in America: One million dead from suicide, drug overdoses since 2007 — Eric London | World Socialist Web Site

I may not be a socialist, but I can find no fault with the thinking behind this article promoting workers unity in stemming the flow of exploitation by the haves and defending the rights of the have nots.

Taking Sides

Casualties of the social counterrevolution in America

One million dead from suicide, drug overdoses since 2007

1 December 2018

By Eric London / Source: WorldSocialist Web Site

This year’s report on mortality rates released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveal that the American working class is confronting an unprecedented social, economic, health and psychological crisis.

The CDC’s findings show a staggering increase in the indices of social misery in just one year, from 2016 to 2017.

  • Life expectancy dropped from 78.7 to 78.6 years, the third consecutive year-by-year decline.
  • The age-adjusted death rate increased 0.4 percent, from 728.8 deaths per 100,000 people to 731.9 per 100,000 (including a 2.9 percent increase among young people aged 25-34).
  • Drug overdose deaths increased 9.6 percent (including a 45 percent increase in deaths from fentanyl). Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for those under 55.
  • Suicide rates increased in 2017…

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