Public-health crises (e.g., guns, opioids)
NOT ALL EPIDEMICS COME FROM THINGS YOU CAN CATCH from a cough. Two public health threats with ever-growing casualty rates—gun violence and drug abuse—are just as worthy of the designation as the most virulent bug, and stopping a social contagion is no small feat. Thankfully, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is devoting money and brainpower to solving America’s deadly descent into widespread opioid addiction. But thanks to a 1996 law effectively banning federal funding for the study of gun control, the country’s work on curtailing growing firearm-related fatalities has even further to go. Here’s the latest data on these looming crises.