Explore which state policies are tied to longer lives and fewer deaths from overdoses, alcohol abuse, and suicide

Installation of solar panels on a roofState policies are making a dramatic difference in how long working-age Americans live, contributing to the so-called deaths of despair from overdose, alcohol abuse, and suicide, new research shows.

Over the 20-year span from 1999 to 2019, more conservative marijuana policies and more liberal policies on the environment, gun safety, labor rights, economic taxes, and tobacco taxes were tied to fewer premature deaths and better health among Americans ages 25 to 64, analysis by Jennifer Karas Montez at Syracuse University and colleagues shows.

Explore an interactive table and read more about this new research.