The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports
life expectancy in 2016 in America declined for the second year in a row because of the opioid crisis.
Life expectancy among Americans has fallen for the second year in a row as the opioid crisis continues to drive up overall death rates in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.
The CDC reports that five people have died and 197 have been hospitalized in the United States, in the largest incidence of E. coli since the 2006 North American E. coli outbreak. 2018-06-1 (Context: CDC)
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald resigns as head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention following a report that she purchased stock in food, health insurance, and tobacco companies shortly after taking up her federal government position. 2018-01-31 (Context: CDC)
Tom Wolf, the Governor of Pennsylvania, issues a disaster declaration over the "heroin and opioid epidemic", starting an Opioid Operational Command Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. 2018-01-10 (Context: opioid epidemic)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration asks pharmaceutical manufacturer Endo International plc to withdraw its long-lasting (12 hours) opioid painkiller, Opana ER, from the market after an FDA panel concluded the drug's benefits no longer outweighed the risks of abuse. Endo is evaluating its options. 2017-06-8 (Context: opioid epidemic)
More than 150 prominent scientists worldwide send a letter to World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan calling for the postponement or relocation of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics because of the widening Zika virus outbreak in Brazil, despite U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden's statement yesterday that "there is no public health reason to cancel or delay the Olympics." 2016-05-27 (Context: CDC)