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Study: Mortality Rates Surging for Young and Middle Aged People in N.H.

A major new study on mortality rates in the U.S. finds New Hampshire had the largest increase in the rate of deaths of people between 25 and 64.

The study shows the rate of deaths among young and middle aged people in New Hampshire increased by 23% between 2010 and 2017. That's the largest increase anywhere in the country.

The report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also finds the overall life expectancy in the U.S. has declined for the third consecutive year, despite the fact that Americans pay more for healthcare than any other country.

As for potential causes, the report points to a number of factors including the opioid crisis, tobacco use, and obesity.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.

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