Stateline, ContributorStateline provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. The opioid crisis costs America at least $78 billion a year. 01/31/2019 12:41 pm ET By Christine Vestal Editor’s Note: This is part three of the State of the States 2019 series. CHARLESTON, S.C. — Dozens of doctors, nurses and researchers here at the Medical University of South Carolina are working on new opioid treatment projects many say they never dreamed possible. “For a small state without Medicaid expansion to mobilize opioid treatment programs and reach as many people as we have is truly amazing,” said Dr. Kelly Barth, a physician and associate professor of behavioral medicine. “We know we’re saving lives every day.” More than a decade into an opioid addiction and overdose epidemic that’s costing the nation at least $78 billion a year, emergency federal dollars have kindled local victories. Frontline practitioners in the … [Read more...] about Treating Opioid Addicts Is Expensive. States Want Drug Makers To Fund It.
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With the end of 2018 comes the end of the part of the presidential race when people run for president while pretending they aren’t running. While nearly every Democrat insisted they were solely focused on the midterm elections, the reality is that more than two dozen possible contenders have spent the year burnishing their personas, floating policy ideas, road testing messages, meeting donors and earning chits in key primary states. Of course, nobody has been able to clear the field in advance, but there is no question that some 2020 candidates came out of 2018 ahead, some behind, and many spun their wheels. Several candidates spent much of 2018 well below the radar, doing little more in public than signaling their intentions, such as former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. But for those who overtly jockeyed in the past year, here’s my scorecard of how successful they … [Read more...] about Which 2020 Candidates Won 2018?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Janelle Nanos Globe Staff December 22, 2018 Arielle McCain is parked in a stranger’s driveway on Calvin Street in Somerville, her hazard lights flashing bright in the dimming December afternoon. It’s a week before Christmas, and she’s digging through three-dozen Amazon packages in her car, searching her back seat for the one she must deliver to this address. McCain, a 24-year-old single mother of two, is a contract driver for Amazon Flex, delivering packages for the e-commerce giant after she finishes her classes at a nearby technical school. To get today’s job, she started checking the app on her phone at 8:45 a.m. for potential shifts. When one finally appeared, she claimed it before another driver could. She hurried to the warehouse, collected 44 packages, scanned them with her phone, piled them in her red Hyundai … [Read more...] about In a race against the clock — and gas gauge — Amazon driver brings you your packages
By Keith Sharon | Southern California News GroupPUBLISHED: November 26, 2018 at 10:41 am | UPDATED: November 26, 2018 at 10:42 am The doctor bends slightly at the waist, or he slouches, or he kneels, or he finds a chair to sink into, anything to get low. He wants to be physically beneath the devastated people he meets several times a day. They stand over him, looking back with such pleading in their eyes. He wants them to feel powerful and in control, when he knows at the moment they are meeting him, they feel none of those things. Glen Komatsu, MD, is the chief medical officer at Providence Trinity Health Care Hospice in Torrance. Komatsu talks about an upcoming visit to the home of Eugene and Gabriella Mafi and their three-year-old son, Gabriel, who has a condition known as trisomy 18, a fatal error in his cell division, in Los Alamitos, on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.(Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) Gabriella Mafi smiles as she holds her son, Gabriel, 3 … [Read more...] about This California doctor has a special mission: To help dying children and their families
Whispers from the Ghosting Trees A guest post by Gail Zawacki, who blogs at Wit's End. While we hustle busily through the necessities of our lives, wrapped up in our daily preoccupations - our obligations to our families, our jobs, and our dreams - at the same time all around the world, trees are silently expiring. For those who take the time to look, we can see that the forests are being transformed before our helpless and incredulous gaze into spectral mausoleums, as even the most ancient living wood is consumed by a raging tsunami of pathogens unprecedented in scale and virulence. What has instigated this global explosion of lethal insects, disease and fungus, which is decimating swathes of trees across ravines and mountains, invading city streets and wilderness, rampaging through parks and suburban backyards? What would we hear the trees saying if we understood the language of their injured foliage, if we could discern the message in their tortured splintered branches? Only the … [Read more...] about Whispers from the Ghosting Trees