CBS News – Drugged driving more fatal than drunk driving, report says
For the first time, data shows that drivers killed in car crashes in the United States were more likely to be on drugs than drunk, according a new report.
On Wednesday, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility ( released a study that found 43 percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes had drugs of any kind – prescription or illegal – in their system, compared to 37 percent who showed alcohol levels above the legal limit.

Knoxville News Sentinel – National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day time to dispose of opioids
We see the impact of opioid abuse daily. We see it on the faces of family members and friends who are desperate to help their children struggling with addiction. We see it on the faces of co-workers who have lost family members to a drug overdose. Health care providers see it when a patient decides to seek professional help. First responders see it when they are trying desperately to save an overdose victim.
The opioid epidemic has its grip on our state. It’s everywhere. Its impact knows no boundaries. It can happen to anyone. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, more than 1,500 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2015, and 72 percent of those deaths involved opioids.

The Washington Post – House Republicans fall short in scramble for vote on new health-care proposal
House Republican leaders scrambled unsuccessfully Thursday evening to muster enough votes to bring a health-care bill to the floor this week, after the latest changes intensified resistance among some moderates and key industry players.
The compromise that moderate Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) forged with the conservative House Freedom Caucus brought the party closer to unwinding the 2010 Affordable Care Act, giving it more support than it had when it abruptly pulled the measure last month from a planned floor vote.

The Associated Press via The New York Times – Kansas Governor Seeks $24M to Ban Guns at State Hospitals
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback proposed Thursday spending an additional $24 million over two years on armed guards and other security measures that would allow Kansas to continue banning concealed guns at state hospitals for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.
The proposal immediately renewed a debate over allowing concealed weapons in public hospitals, mental health centers, state universities and colleges. A state law will require such facilities to allow concealed guns inside starting July 1 if the buildings don’t have extra security measures such as guards and metal detectors.