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Hepatitis A Races Across The Country

Laura Ungar Kaiser Health News
Simon Haeder, assistant professor of public policy at PA State U said the outbreaks show how the addiction crisis and the diseases it fuels endanger everyone, while also revealing cracks in the nation’s patchwork, poorly funded public health system.

Deaths of Despair and Support for Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election

Shannon M. Monnat Pennsylvania State University Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
Trump over performed the most in counties with the highest drug, alcohol and suicide mortality rates. Much of this relationship is accounted for by economic distress and the proportion of working-class residents. However, this relationship should not be interpreted as causal. What these analyses demonstrate is that community-level well-being played an important role in the 2016 election.

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High Hitler: How Nazi Drug Abuse Steered the Course of History

Rachel Cooke The Guardian
This new book details a little-known aspect of the leaders of Nazi Germany: that many of them, including Hitler himself, were drug addicts. Rachel Cooke has interviewed author Norman Ohler and gives us this portrait.

Chiara de Blasio Tells Her Story

To encourage others to also seek help, Chiara de Blasio shares her personal story battling depression and substance abuse. 

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