Thursday, December 8th, 2016
US Life Expectancy Declines for the First Time Since 1993 [Washington Post]
Deaths related to alcohol, other drugs and smoking play a role, but the causes are broad and complex.
“Impunity Has Consequences”: The Women Lost to Mexico’s Drug War [The Guardian]
Fifty women disappeared from the city of Xalapa over three nights in 2011. Thousands more are also missing.
Trump Nominates Another Drug War Zealot, General John Kelly, to Head Department of Homeland Security [Drug Policy Alliance]
The team about to take over could hardly be worse.
E-Cigarette Use by Young People Could Threaten Years of US Anti-Smoking Gains [The Guardian]
E-cigarettes contain nicotine but not tobacco, and are a vital form of harm reduction. This emphasis from US health officials is grossly irresponsible.
Video Games Are More Addictive Than Ever: This Is What Happens When Kids Can’t Turn Them Off [Washington Post]
The claim that video games are inherently addictive is questionable, as it is with drugs. But this is an in-depth look at a real problem.
Driving on Less Than Five Hours’ Sleep Is Like Driving Drunk, Report Says [Time]
But we doubt the work-industrial complex will be moving to protect workers from having to do it.