The death rate among some working-class, White Americans is sky rocketing.

FOX's Tom Graham explains:

Overdose, suicide and alcohol-related deaths among white Americans have jumped since the late 1990's in contrast with blacks and Hispanics. Princeton researchers say less than two decades ago the mortality rate for whites, ages from 45 to 54, was 30 percent lower than black Americans.

Today that mortality rate has flipped with whites in that age bracket dying at a 30 percent higher rate. A new follow up study published today shows the mortality rate is not leveling off. Researchers blame dwindling economic opportunities for the working class. Whites with higher education are less affected.

Tom Graham, FOX News.