Some Drug Users in Western U.S. Seek Out Deadly Fentanyl. Here’s Why.

Some drug users report actually opting for the the synthetic opioid, which experts in many places have linked with many overdoses.

Places Where Flu Activity Has Been the Highest

Many localities haven’t yet felt the full brunt of influenza season.

How a Feel-Good AI Story Went Wrong in Flint

A machine-learning model showed promising results in finding lead pipes, but city officials and their engineering contractor abandoned it.

Michigan’s New Governor Sends Strong Message to State Employees

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pennsylvania pension changes … N.Y. gov.’s about-face on marijuana ... San Diego scooter safety ... and Kentucky open-records lawsuits.

Where Asian Longhorned Ticks Will Likely Spread in the U.S.

After being discovered in New Jersey in August 2017, the invasive species has been spotted in 45 counties in eight other states.

Tough But Important Lessons From San Diego’s 2017 Hepatitis A Emergency

A California state auditor’s report focuses much attention on a slow public health response as the highly-contagious liver disease spread.

New Survey Finds Big Increase in U.S. Teen Vaping

One in five high school seniors vaped in 2018.

Local Health Department Uses Holiday Theme to Warn of an ‘Unwanted Present’

“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … a brand new STD.”

Despite Uncertainty After ACA Court Ruling, Medicaid Expansion Likely to Proceed

Officials in the three states where voters approved expanding Medicaid last month are moving forward, regardless of a ruling by a Texas judge declaring the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

States, Counties and Cities Report Surges in Hepatitis A Cases

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Communication black hole during Camp Fire … N.Y. seafood fraud investigation … and mental health needs swell after Anchorage quake.

Fears Raised of ‘Chilling Effect’ on Kids If Trump Proposal Is Adopted

Changes to the “public charge” rule could make it harder for immigrants to secure green cards if they seek government services like Medicaid.

‘Crowdsourcing for Health Care’ Raises Spirits—and Concerns

Thirty states have passed safe harbor laws for Christian health care share ministries, stating that they are not insurance companies and are exempt from insurance regulations.

How States are Trying to Reduce Suicide Deaths

Nationwide, more than 47,000 Americans died by suicide last year, an increase of almost 5 percent over 2016.

Arizona Launches Campaign to Combat Deadly Syphilis Outbreak

The state health department reports that 664 women and 47 newborns have been diagnosed with the disease this year. Eight of those infected newborns have died.

Americans Are Dying Even Younger

Drug overdoses and suicides are causing American life expectancy to drop.

Report on Uninsured Children in the U.S. Shows Distressing Trend

“With an improving economy and a very low unemployment rate, the fact that our nation is going backwards on children’s health coverage is very troubling,” said Joan Alker, executive director of the Center for Children and Families.

Florida Files Opioids Lawsuit Against Walgreens and CVS

“We will continue to pursue those companies that played a role in creating the opioid crisis,” the Florida attorney general said.

The Number of Teens Who Vape More Than Doubled In The Last Year

The FDA moved Thursday to impose new restrictions on how stores can sell e-cigarettes.

Polio-like Illness AFM Tests an Overstretched Public Health System

Acute flaccid myelitis has been reported in 39 states and Washington, D.C.