Enough opioid prescriptions for half of all Americans?

“We’re 5% of the world’s population, but we consume 80% of the world’s prescription opioids,” says one Stanford medical researcher of the U.S. That’s a problem, especially because opioid painkillers put people at risk for addiction and overdose. Nevertheless, according to public data analyzed by NPR, enough opioid prescriptions are written each year in the U.S. that

Would a car-based breathalyzer reduce drunk driving?

Last year, lawmakers introduced the Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone (RIDE) Act, which would require automakers to make standard new technology that would gauge every driver’s blood alcohol concentration before it would allow them to drive. It would be like having a permanent breathalyzer in your car. Does this make sense? The Insurance Institute for

Experts: COVID-19 testing in long-term care facilities falls short

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, residents and staff of long-term care facilities account for almost 45% of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. Yet testing for the virus has not reached levels that experts say are necessary to stem the spread of the virus. Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts, says that only seven

Penalties when an impaired minor drives in Tennessee

For most people, getting your driver’s license is an exciting part of being a teenager. Yet teenagers routinely engage in behavior meant to challenge authority, and that can mean experimenting with alcohol or drugs. What happens when that experimentation occurs in combination with driving? Under Tennessee law, anyone under 21 who drives under the influence

Judge raises concerns about Bayer’s Roundup settlement scheme

Thousands of people have sued Bayer, which bought Monsanto, over the product Roundup. Most plaintiffs claim that routine use of Roundup, which contains the weed killer glyphosate, caused them to develop cancer. After several adverse verdicts, Bayer attempted to settle a class of future claims — close to 100,000 — in an interesting way. Bayer

Have you been struck by a super-speeder during the lockdown?

There is growing evidence that some drivers have taken the lockdown as permission to drive however they want. As traffic and road congestion plummeted, streets and highways apparently shone like beacons for certain people. It created an “apparent open season on reckless driving,” according to the National Safety Council. “The level of extreme speeding is

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