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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the safety of American employees in Havana cannot be guaranteed. He's ordered more than half of the US staff in Havana withdrawn from the island and ordered travel warnings for all Americans. Josh Lederman, who covers foreign policy for Associated Press, says US officials are not being very specific about the incidents and are simply calling them "specific attacks."
Drug overdose become the leading cause of death in America, and President Trump has declared a "national emergency." The White House has yet to explain what that means, but there's no doubt doctors have over-prescribed opioids once thought to be safe for treating severe pain. The cure has been worse than the problem. Opioids are so addictive that patients are driven to illegal drugs, and there's an epidemic of deadly overdoses. We go to the hardest hit place in the country, learn how doctors are cracking down on their colleagues and how Washington might — or might not — help out.
German Lopez, Vox (@germanrlopez)
Drema Mace, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (@WVSOM)
Marty Makary, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (@MartyMakary)
Roger Crystal, Opiant Pharmaceuticals (@RogerCrystalMD)
Lopez on America's opioid epidemic, causing average life expectancy to drop
Center for Rural & Community Health's prescription opioid, heroin awareness toolkit
Makary on how doctors can stop the opioid crisis at its source
Opiant Pharmaceuticals on opioid antagonists
Norman Ornstein is co-author of the new book One Nation after Trump, and yesterday we heard him describe how "Trumpism” has been decades in the making. Today we turn to the future of democracy and what Ornstein calls "a contract for social responsibility" involving American corporations.
Listen to Part I.
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