Morning Roundup: Dec. 13, 2018

By The Fix staff 12/13/18

CDC confirms that fentanyl is now the deadliest drug in America, scientists create a model to predict heroin overdoses and Instagram plans to strengthen ban on pro-eating disorder content.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to earmark funds from legal marijuana to fund pension programs.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to earmark funds from legal marijuana to fund pension programs.

Chicago Mayor Wants Legal Marijuana Revenue To Fund Pensions [Forbes]

The mayor wants tax revenue from the sales of legalized marijuana to go towards funding pension programs. "Illinois legislators will be taking a serious look next year at legalizing recreational marijuana," Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said in a speech to the City Council.

Fentanyl Is The Deadliest Drug In America [CNN]

The CDC recently confirmed that the synthetic opioid fentanyl is the deadliest drug in the US. The rate of drug overdoses involving the synthetic opioid skyrocketed by about 113% each year from 2013 through 2016.

El Chapo Reportedly Operated a Cocaine Train Route From Mexico to NYC [Complex]

A former employee of the suspected drug lord told the court on Monday that El Chapo operated a train that trafficked cocaine directly to New York City from Mexico. “Chapo decided who could use the train route,” the former employee said.

Kaiser Cancels Surgeries During Mental Health Specialists Strike [CBS News]

Some mental health specialists in California are in the middle of a five-day strike due to Kaiser's reported lack of staffing and resources for patients. In turn, Kaiser has opted to cancel all non-urgent surgeries until the end of the strike.

Massive Haul Of Meth, Cocaine, Heroin Seized At US-Mexico Bridge [Fox News]

Nearly $7 million in drugs was recovered in a cargo facility in Texas earlier this week. Officials seized 35 packages believed to be meth, seven packages believed to be cocaine and two packages believed to be heroin.

Scientists Used Google Searches To Predict Heroin Overdoses [Quartz]

Scientists have created a unique model using Google searches for drug-related search terms and data from emergency room visits that were heroin-related to better predict areas that will be hit harder by heroin deaths.

Instagram Plans To Strengthen Ban On Pro-Eating Disorder Content [Teen Vogue]

After initially banning pro-eating disorder hashtags, Instagram now plans to go a step further by cracking down on the loopholes that allow pro-eating disorder content to make its way onto the app.

Cincinnati Raises Smoking Age To 21 [WVXU]

The Cincinnati city council voted on Wednesday to raise the age to legally purchase tobacco and tobacco-related products from 18 to 21

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