Dose of Reality: “Overdoses are now the leading cause of preventable death among people ages 18 to 45, ahead of suicide, traffic accidents and gun violence.” This may give you the idea that young people are using drugs more than their parents did. But “experimental drug use by teenagers in the United States has been dropping since 2010.” The issue that today’s drugs are often laced with deadly fentanyl. And the dealers have traded in their burners and pagers for social media. NYT: Fentanyl Tainted Pills Bought on Social Media Cause Youth Drug Deaths to Soar.

+ Complex Formula: “President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and authorized flights to import supply from overseas … The Defense Production Act order requires suppliers of formula manufacturers to fulfill orders from those companies before other customers, in an effort to eliminate production bottlenecks. Biden is also authorizing the Defense Department to use commercial aircraft to fly formula supplies that meet federal standards from overseas to the U.S., in what the White House is calling ‘Operation Fly Formula.'” (That sounds like the plot an old Jeff Goldblum movie. But let’s hope it works.)

+ The Maimed: “For soldiers wounded while defending their country, their sense of purpose and belief in the cause they were fighting for can sometimes help them cope psychologically with amputation. For some civilians, maimed while going about their lives in a war that already terrified them, the struggle can be much harder. For the men, women and children who have lost limbs in the war in Ukraine, now in its third month, that journey is just beginning.” In Ukraine, limbs lost and lives devastated in an instant. Plus, “a celebrated Ukrainian medic recorded her time in Mariupol on a data card no bigger than a thumbnail, smuggled out to the world in a tampon. Now she is in Russian hands, at a time when Mariupol itself is on the verge of falling.” Captive medic’s bodycam shows firsthand horror of Mariupol. Democracy is not guaranteed. And it’s not cheap.

+ Someone’s Got a Latte Explaining to Do: “I believe I was fired for being a shift supervisor who was pro-union. I’ve been with Starbucks almost three years and have never had any issues.” The Guardian: Starbucks fired over 20 US union leaders in recent months.

+ Web3 Stooges: “I think a lot of companies haven’t put much thought into the technology’s abuse potential. I’m surprised at how often I bring it up and the person I’m talking to admits that it’s never crossed their mind. When the abuse potential is acknowledged, there’s a very common sentiment in the Web3 space that these fundamental problems are just minor issues that can be fixed later, without any acknowledgment that they are intrinsic characteristics of the technology that can’t easily be changed after the fact.” An interview with Molly White in Harvard Business Review: Cautionary Tales from Cryptoland.