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The Unrecognized Tragedy of Working Class Immiseration (December 31st)

I'll end 2021 by noting my most recent essay published in STAT News this past Wednesday.  It's titled, "Deaths of Despair: The Unrecognized Tragedy of Working Class Immiseration." 

It opens with: "Given the socioeconomic effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it should have come as no surprise that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported more than 100,000 drug overdose deaths during the 12-month period ending in April 2021, a 28.5% increase over the prior year. Most of these deaths were attributed to the use of synthetic opioids by middle-aged white men. The question immediately begged is: What is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) doing about these so-called deaths of despair?  The answer is sobering."

At: https://www.statnews.com/2021/12/29/deaths-of-despair-unrecognized-tragedy-working-class-immiseration/