“While underage drinking has declined in recent years, adult consumption increased across all demographics. The jump was also especially large for older Americans, minorities and people with lower levels of education and income.” From Bloomberg: America’s Drinking Problem Is Much Worse This Century.

+ “At least 17 states have enacted rules to curb the number of painkillers doctors can prescribe. Some, including Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Ohio, have passed laws limiting the duration of initial opioid prescriptions to five or seven days.” (The tricky part is reducing the amount of prescription opiates in the market without driving people to more dangerous replacements.)

+ President Trump declares the opioid crisis a national emergency.