Pub­lic-health crises (e.g., guns, opi­oids)

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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.

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