Although the average American life expectancy continues to improve, one demographic group has been dealing with substantial problems over the past few decades. Research from Princeton University discovered that older white Americans from ages 45-54 are experiencing sharp increases in health failure, poisoning from drugs and alcohol, and suicide.

"We have to fix wage inequality, we have to fix access to healthcare, and we have to fix education because those things are structural problems." -Kennesaw State Professor Roxanne Donovan.


We talk to Jill Harkavy-Friedman from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Professor Roxanne Donovan of Kennesaw State University to figure out why this trend exists and what is driving so many people to their untimely deaths.