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The Latest Tool To Fight The Opioid Epidemic: Lawsuits

KHN Morning Briefing

It’s a strategy that harkens back to the 1990s when Big Tobacco was in a similar situation. Meanwhile, the epidemic is bringing up medical privacy issues, the Food and Drug Administration is trying to figure out if anti-abuse deterrents work and a drugmaker is working with the agency on its request to pull a powerful opioid from the market.

‘Brain Hackers’ Turning To Smart Drug To Enhance Cognitive Abilities

KHN Morning Briefing

These drugs — nootropics — are said to improve memory, attention, creativity and motivation. But researchers say there is no evidence that the drugs help in the long-run. In other public health news: baby boxes, genital mutilation, day passes at psychiatric hospitals, gene editing, and cancer.