This Bloomberg article is worth a read. It reports that US life expectancy gains have stalled, with the grim silver lining being lower pension costs
Source: Americans Are Dying Younger, Saving Corporations Billions – Bloomberg
As I read the article, I was eagerly awaiting an explanation. Finally, the author cited a 2015 paper suggesting that mortality was rising for middle-aged white Americans, citing suicides, drug overdoses, and alcohol.
The article concludes by saying that actuaries are waiting to see whether the data is a blip or a trend. Given that the primary cause of death for the under fifties is now drug abuse, it’s probably fair to assume that ‘deaths of despair’ are on the increase.