Biden's fresh economic take on Covid

The resurgent drug addiction crisis — Vaccine distribution questions loom

11/30/2020 6:55:00 PM

President-elect Biden's newly named economic advisers are poised to sound a different tone on the pandemic than President Trump's team

The resurgent drug addiction crisis — Vaccine distribution questions loom

IN MIX TO BE COVID CZAR— Zients, who led OMB during the Obama administration and helped oversee the repair job, is a finalist to be Biden's manager of the coronavirus response, POLITICO Playbook first reported last week.Zients also served as CEO of the Advisory Board, a health care research and consulting firm (where one of your co-authors previously worked, albeit with

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to Zients).BIDEN’S OTHER HEALTH CRISIS —The president-elect will inherit not only a global pandemic but a resurgent drug addiction crisis that federal officials say is spiraling out of control, POLITICO's Dan Goldberg and Brianna Ehley report.“Since the pandemic hit we have not been able to control the opioid epidemic,” Nora Volkow, the long-serving director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said in an interview. “Our vulnerabilities have just gotten worse.”

More than 76,000 people died of a drug overdose between April 2019 and April 2020, according to the most recent preliminary federal data, the most ever recorded during a 12-month period.— Just how much the pandemic has exacerbated the drug crisis this year is still coming into view.

Ohio recorded 543 overdose deaths in May, the most ever in a single month. Oregon reported a 70 percent increase in the number of overdose deaths in April and May compared to the same two months in 2019. In Maine, overdose deaths during the first half of 2020 were up 27 percent from the previous year. Spikes have also been documented in Colorado, Kentucky and Louisiana.


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Looking forward to an administration that treats Americans like reasonable adults that sees a deadly virus for the problem it is. We don't need lies, we need solutions. Ah well tone is so important. Much better than money or health care.