opioid crisis

Rural America is facing an existential crisis. As cities continue to grow and prosper, small towns are shrinking. That fundamental divide played itself out in the recent presidential election.

Consider this shocking chart produced by the Brookings Institution. It shows that, in 2000, George W. Bush won 2,397 counties (compared to Al Gore's 659), and those counties represented 46% of America's GDP. Fast forward to 2016. Donald Trump won an even larger share: 2,584 counties (compared to Hillary Clinton's 472). Yet, counties that voted for Trump accounted for only 36% of the nation's GDP. Since most Bush counties also voted for...

McKesson Corporation [1] was fined $150 million in civil penalties related to failure to report suspicious opioid orders through their distribution network this week.

They were fined $20 million in 2008 over the same problem, but it apparently didn’t alter their behavior. In 2008 they committed to designing and implementing a system to identify and report suspicious orders. “The Justice Department says McKesson created a compliance program but failed to fully implement or adhere to it, resulting in the latest penalties.” [2]

Now an independent monitor is required to oversee McKesson’s...

The famous singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, as per his manager Robert B. Kory’s statement, “died during his sleep following a fall in the middle of the night on November 7th.  The death was sudden, unexpected, and peaceful.” 

Ironically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released their estimates of preventable deaths from the five leading causes.  With preventable cancer, stroke and heart disease deaths down, it is unintentional injuries that surged 23% —mainly due to drug poisoning and falls.  

Entertainment Weekly reported “According to recent interviews with the New Yorker, Cohen battled cancer and came to...