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Life expectancy gap narrows between blacks, whites

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A couple of surprising points from this otherwise dryly-factual article:

* Whites die at a statistically significant rate from prescription-painkiller overdoses. They don't call it "hillbilly heroin" for nothing...

* Latinos live longer than everyone except maybe Asians!

"Whites are more likely than in the past to die from overdoses of powerful prescription medications like OxyContin and Vicodin, along with other unintentional poisonings."

The first thing I thought of when I read this was Michael Jackson, who died at 50 of a drug cocktail consisting of Demerol, Dilaudid, Vicodin, Zoloft, and Xanax.

Painkillers kill more than pain.

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