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Smart Talk: Disproportionate deaths by state; Artist Crystal Wagner

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 26, 2016 4:14 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, May 26, 2016:

We all know about the major causes of death across the country: heart disease and cancer. But, each state has a unique type of death with drastically higher rates than the national norm. These range from accidental falls being almost twice as likely to occur in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa compared to the whole country to the more than double likelihood of suicide by firearm in Alaska, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.

These statistics were reported on in the article "Where Drinking, Drugs and Alzheimer's Are Disproportionately Fatal." The research found that Pennsylvania's, along with Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts', leading "unique" cause of death was accidental overdose or poisoning. Pennsylvania, specifically, suffered 20.6 accidental overdoses and poisonings per 100,000 people in 2014, compared to the national rate of 13.1.

Joining us Thursday to discuss these findings, Pennsylvania's own distinctive cause of death, and how the state can use this information to address it, is Scott Greenberger, Executive Editor of Stateline, the daily news service of the Pew Charitable trusts.

Also, internationally renowned contemporary artist Crystal Wagner joins us on Thursday's program to discuss her art and a special mural she'll paint in downtown Harrisburg this weekend.

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Crystal Wagner and Jeff Copus

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