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Michigan Bans E-Cigarettes – New York Times
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer outlawed the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in her state. She said that e-cigarette companies have gotten children hooked on these products. This news follows a recent spike in illnesses and diseases tied to vaping and e-cigarettes that has led to the hospitalization of hundreds of teens and young adults. While a few cities, including San Francisco, have banned the sale of e-cigarettes, Michigan became the first state to do so.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that it will offer states more than $1.8 billion in funding to fight the opioid epidemic. The funds will go toward a number of services and programs focused on everything from expanding access to treatment to data accumulation.
Hurricane Dorian has brought high-velocity winds and rain to the shores of Florida, but it also brought something else — cocaine. Police in Florida have found at least 25 kilos of cocaine that have washed ashore on some of the local beaches. The packages are currently under investigation.
Australia On Verge Of Opioid Crisis As Prescriptions And Deaths Surge – Washington Post
In recent years, Australia has seen opioid prescription rates and opioid-related deaths skyrocket and the country may be on the verge of an opioid crisis of its own. Death rates from opioids have more than doubled in the past decade and health experts are worried that if action is not taken, Australia could be on track to see an even steeper spike like those seen in the United States.
United States District Judge Dan Polster, who oversees about 2,000 opioid lawsuits across the nation, rejected efforts this week by major drug manufacturers and pharmacies to dismiss claims that they caused the nation’s opioid crisis. Plaintiffs will try to prove that the drug makers deceptive marketing tactics caused a massive increase in supply while pharmacies did nothing to stop it.
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The toxicology report for Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was released last week. The cause of death was attributed to oxycodone and alcohol intoxication. You can learn more about the report and reactions from around the league in this week’s featured article.