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Connections: Why life expectancy is dropping in the U.S.

Dec 29, 2017

Life expectancy in the U.S. declined again in 2016, a trend that likely will continue when 2017 numbers are in.  Drug-related deaths and suicide are major contributors. 

Our panel discusses this alarming development, and what might turn it around. Our guests:

  • Eric Caine, former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester
  • Jim Wesley, drug chemist and former head of the drug section of the Monroe County Crime Lab
  • Kent Gardner, economist with the Center for Governmental Research