“Addiction specialists and advocates say he’s led important progress in implementing lifesaving policies. They believe that if confirmed, Adams would use his on-the-ground experience to guide national policy.” Trump’s pick for the next Surgeon General built his reputation fighting HIV and opioids in Indiana.

+ Cities and states aren’t waiting for the federal government to take the lead on this issue. From WaPo: Drugmakers and distributors face barrage of lawsuits over opioid epidemic. (If all they have to pay with is money, they’ll be getting off easy.)

+ Here’s one more example of how big this problem has gotten. From MoJo: Children of the Opioid Epidemic Are Flooding Foster Homes.