The Poop Problem Plaguing One of America’s Wealthiest Cities

“People should have places to go to the bathroom when they need to, and in San Francisco they don't,” says a supervisor there looking to tackle this and other issues tied to street cleanliness.

Physicians Get Addicted Too

Lou Ortenzio was a trusted West Virginia doctor who got his patients—and himself—hooked on opioids. Now he’s trying to rescue his community from an epidemic he helped start.

Building a Map to Help Care for Vulnerable Residents

San Bernardino County, California, uses a survey and mapping tool to connect homeless people with support services.

Tracking Cancer Among Firefighters

The National Firefighter Registry seeks to collect detailed information on cancer rates within the profession with the goal of improving research.

STDs Surging Across the Country

Local health departments struggle to treat and prevent the spread of STDs amid ongoing budget cuts.

Washington State Moves to Tighten Vaccine Exemptions

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Former foster children push for a "bill of rights" about maintaining sibling relationships ... A lawsuit over the Colorado River protection plan ... Connecticut lawmakers could require diaper changing table parity in public restrooms.

Arizona Mayor Declares Emergency as Border Patrol Increases Migrant Releases

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Oakland A’s waterfront ballpark plan draws port industry resistance … Washington passes clean energy and public-option health proposals … Litter clean-up in Philadelphia.

Opioid Epidemic May Have Cost $37 Billion In Tax Revenue

Beyond the health costs of the opioid epidemic, new research looks at the money lost when people can't work.

This ‘Innovative’ Housing Program Serves Just 3 Households

Denver has struggled to get a housing voucher program off the ground, so far enticing only one local employer to join the program to help subsidize rent for workers.

Lawsuit Pits Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Against Michigan’s Anti-Discrimination Policy

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Spotlight on Baltimore pipeline deal … Los Angeles Sheriff putting aside misconduct investigations … Washington state works on debt-collection bills.

How to Build NIMBY-Proof Homeless Shelters? Make Them Mandatory.

To foil community pushback over new facilities for people in homelessness, a San Francisco lawmaker wants all neighborhoods to share the responsibility.

Measles Outbreak on Pace to Be Largest in Decades

Ninety new cases were confirmed last week, bringing the nationwide total to 555, according to federal health officials.

Southern States Slowly Embracing Harm Reduction to Curb Opioid Epidemic

Activists are convincing conservative Southerners to buy in to needle exchanges.

Opioid Treatment Programs Gear Up to Provide Suicide Care

Increasing evidence shows the nation’s suicide and opioid epidemics are entwined.

Invisible Middlemen Are Slowing Down American Health Care

Nurses spend 16 hours on the phone, medications take months to arrive, and patients suffer as they wait.

How Local Food Banks Can Help Feed Hungry Kids at School

COMMENTARY | It's not just about school meal programs. Organizations can help ensure that students have food after school hours and over the weekend.

Surprise Medical Billing: Some States Ahead of Feds

Nine states have laws to stop unexpected, out-of-network medical bills.

A Silicon Valley Approach To Financing Affordable Housing

COMMENTARY | Both innovative and on brand: San Francisco is using an accelerator to get money to affordable housing developers

Oklahoma Tries New Strategy and New Target in Opioid Lawsuit

The state recently agreed on a big settlement with Purdue Pharma and now wants Johnson & Johnson to disclose opioid marketing documents.