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Sofia Henriquez, Staff

The United Health Group recently released a report on the United States, which listed States that were the healthiest. Massachusetts ranked in first as the healthiest State, while Mississippi has ranked 50th for the second year in a row. Even with this ranking, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we, as a nation, are overall healthy. New Hampshire, ranked 8, has experienced and 118% increase in drug death rates, 13+ deaths per 100,000 people. All states have experienced a similar increase, averaging 8+ deaths per 100,000 people. Utah, who was ranked 4th as the healthiest state, has had a large increase in cardiovascular deaths, 21+ deaths per 100,000 people. What these additional numbers show, is that even though the graph shows a pretty ranking, the reality is that even the healthiest states aren’t doing too good themselves.