Chronic pain patients caught in the pendulum swing on opioids
To mitigate the opioid epidemic, prescribing guidelines have changed. This has left some patients confused and struggling to function without the opioids they say they need.
“Once you go down a certain path, it’s not like you can just stop and turn around,” health and science reporter Joel Achenbach says. “Millions of people were put on these opioids to treat chronic pain, and they are dependent on them.”
- Opioid crackdown forces pain patients to taper off drugs they say they need
- 76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic
- Purdue Pharma, drugmaker accused of fueling the opioid epidemic, files for bankruptcy
Climate change fear spurs teenagers into action
The latest Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows that a majority of American teens believe that climate change is driven by humans, and that Earth’s changing climate will personally harm them and their generation.
Science reporter Sarah Kaplan says that roughly 1 in 4 teens are channeling that anxiety into activism, a notable number for a demographic too young to vote.
The poll is the first major look at teenager’s views of climate change, Kaplan writes, since the explosion of the youth climate movement last year. Kaplan spoke with 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who inspired the movement. Thunberg is urging students worldwide to be part of a classroom walkout and demand more aggressive climate-change policy when a major U.N. summit convenes in the next several days.
- Most American teens are frightened by climate change, poll finds, and about 1 in 4 are taking action
- 2°C: Beyond the Limit: Extreme climate change has arrived in America
- Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation Climate Change Survey, July 9-Aug. 5, 2019
A massive drum that is the source of power for the Pokomo people in Kenya was taken by the British more than a century ago. The tribe elders believe that since then, the Pokomos’ power has diminished. But now, the tribe wants it back.
Nairobi bureau chief Max Bearak explains that the drum has been sitting in a storage facility in London and that no living Pokomo have even heard the drum.
Aaron Blake shares his takeaways from the third Democratic debate. And Erin Cox describes the healing and reawakening of Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray.
Friday, September 13, 2019
Anne Gearan explains the White House’s shifting messaging on Iran. Drew Harwell on how Beijing-based TikTok is suspected of censoring the Hong Kong protests. And Maura Judkis takes us into the kitchen with “Queer Eye” star Antoni Porowski.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019