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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The rise in drug overdose deaths is hitting BIPOC especially hard. 

 

THE BACKGROUND.

Opioids are a kind of drug that provides pain relief and can be prescribed after medical procedures. They’re also extremely extremely addictive. In 2020 alone, providers wrote more than 140 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication - contributing to a nationwide opioid epidemic. And from 1999 to 2019, nearly 500,000 people died from an overdose involving opioids. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The pandemic has worsened the US drug crisis, with more than 100,000 people dying of drug overdoses between April 2020 and May 2021. At least two-thirds of those deaths were the result of opioids, with some caused by the combination of fentanyl with other drugs like meth and cocaine. Now, a new report has revealed that this rise in drug overdose deaths is disportionately impacting people of color. 

 

THE DEETS. 

Between 2019 and 2020, drug overdose deaths among Black people rose 44 percent - about twice the increase in deaths among white people or Hispanic people. Meanwhile, deaths among Native Americans increased 39 percent. Experts pointed to a lack of access to treatment for substance abuse and income inequality.  

 

THE TAKE. 

A disproportionate number of Black people and Native Americans are dying from the nation’s drug epidemic. 


THE ACTION

RIGHTS: ICYMI, when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the court should reconsider some other cases. Think: Obergefell v. Hodges, which established same-sex marriage as a right. So fast forward to this month, and the House passed a bill that would protect same-sex marriages at the federal level. 47 Republicans joined Dems in supporting the bill. Unclear if it stands a chance in the Senate. In other news, multiple Democratic lawmakers - including AOC and Ilhan Omar - were just arrested at an abortion rights protest in front of the Supreme Court. Also making headlines when it comes to abortion: an Indiana doctor who provided abortion care to a 10 year old girl who was raped is getting ready to sue the state’s attorney general for defamation. Yes, really. 

 

POLITICS: All eyes are on Sri Lanka. Recently, after months of protests over the country’s economic crisis, Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe sort of also agreed to step down…but soon took over as interim leader. Now, it looks like Sri Lanka’s ruling party has nominated him to permanently fill the presidential role. He’ll face off against Dullas Alahapperuma, a dissident ruling party lawmaker who has the support of protesters. Meanwhile, Russian Prez Vladimir Putin just met up with Turkish and Iranian leaders in Iran. It’s only his second foreign trip since he invaded Ukraine earlier this year. Speaking of which, Ukrainian Prez Volodymyr Zelensky just fired more security officials. Because, treason. 

 

HEALTH: Yesterday, temperatures continued to rise in Europe, with the UK experiencing temps of more than 40 degrees Celsius (aka 104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time ever. The previous record was about 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Elsewhere, Portugal recorded even more heat-related deaths - while Belgium, Spain, and France faced rapidly spreading wildfires, forcing more and more people from their homes. In other news, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just rec’d Novavax’s newly authorization covid vaccine for adults. The CDC’s panel of vaccine experts unanimously endorsed the two-shot vaccine. This comes as between 26 million and 37 million US adults have not been vaxxed. 


WHAT TO KNOW

970,000:” how many paid subscribers Netflix lost between April and July. Not chill. 


SAY WHAT?

“#BookTok rejoice: TikTok launches official Book Club” - a recent headline. You read that right. 




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