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Sandy Hook ruling, Tacoma gun tax are rays of hope in America’s gun epidemic | Editorial

“The Seattle tax, instituted in 2015, was itself modeled after a Chicago tax, and withstood a court challenge from the NRA and other gun advocates with an 8-1 state Supreme Court decision” reports seattletimes.com. Two new developments offer promising strategies for addressing the nation’s epidemic of gun violence. Source: seattletimes.com

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House passes bill to restrict online sales of e-cigarettes

“The House of Representatives passed a bill Monday to restrict online sales of vaping products and e-cigarettes” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The legislation, the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act, would to sign for vaping products delivered by mail.It’s the latest measure to advance in the House with the goal of ending a vaping epidemic partly caused by flavors that appeal to kids.For instance, Juul pods, currently available for online purchase in flavors that aren’t available in brick and mortar stores, would fall under the bill’s purview and require an…

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Opioid crisis cost U.S. economy at least $631 billion, study finds

“The Post also found that the volume of pills handled by the drug companies climbed as the epidemic surged, from 8.4 billion in 2006 to 12.6 billion in 2012” writes Rachel Siegel for washingtonpost.com. The report was released as a federal trial on the epidemic was getting underway in Cleveland, a case widely seen as a bellwether for how future lawsuits against drug companies are handled. Source: washingtonpost.com

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US stock indexes veer mostly lower as traders weigh earnings

“The mixed bag of earnings and economic data follows a rally on Tuesday that was driven by surprisingly good earnings and hopeful forecasts” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Technology companies led the major U.S. stock indexes mostly lower Wednesday afternoon, placing the market on track to give back some of its gains from the day before.The modest losses came as investors weighed mixed data on the economy and continued to pore over corporate earnings reports.EARNINGS REWARDED: Bank of America rose 2.3% after beating Wall Street’s third-quarter profit forecasts. Source: seattletimes.com

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Monica Lewinsky unveils powerful PSA about ‘epidemic’ of cyberbullying

“Monica Lewinsky unveiled a new interactive public service announcement on Wednesday that powerfully tells the story of a silent epidemic unfolding around the world” writes Scott Stump for today.com. The activist and speaker appeared exclusively on TODAY for the release of “The Epidemic,” a video highlighting her latest campaign against online bullying.”Bullying is a global epidemic and the signs can often be hard to see, since so much of it takes place online. Source: today.com

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Watchdog finds DEA was ‘slow to respond’ to opioid epidemic

“In court filings, drugmakers have said that they continued to increase production as the opioid crisis deepened because the DEA said they should” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. The report examined the DEA’s regulatory and enforcement efforts to control opioids since the crisis began to come into focus.The report found the agency issued a peak of 59 of those “immediate suspension orders” in fiscal year 2011. Source: seattletimes.com

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California governor acts to confront ‘epidemic’ of youth vaping

“We must take immediate action to meet the urgency behind this public health crisis and youth epidemic,” Newsom said” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. An executive order the Democratic governor signed also directs state agencies to devise plans to remove illegal and counterfeit vaping products from sale and recommendations for health warnings that retailers and advertisers of vaping products would be required to post.LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered the launch of a $20 million statewide public awareness campaign to educate young people and…

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The $572 million fine Johnson & Johnson has to pay for its role in the opioid epidemic is only 4% of its annual profit

“Hunter had wanted Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $17 billion to help the state address the epidemic for the next 30 years, through addiction treatment and prevention programs” writes Ashley Collman for businessinsider.com. Associated Press Read more: Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson was just ordered to pay $572 million for its role in the opioid epidemic The company said in a statement to Business Insider that it plans to appeal the judgement. The amount the company was actually fined will cover the state’s plan to fight the epidemic for…

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