The Washington Post – Deaths from drug overdoses soared in the first nine months of 2016

Deaths from drug overdoses rose sharply in the first nine months of 2016, the government reported Tuesday, releasing data that confirm the widely held belief that the opioid epidemic worsened last year despite stepped-up efforts by public health authorities.

Bloomberg – The global war on smoking is really heating up

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to strip cigarettes of their addictive properties has opened a new front in the international campaign to reduce smoking, with health authorities in at least four other countries studying the idea. Public-health experts in New Zealand last week published an action plan recommending drastic cuts in nicotine levels within five years. Canada and Finland say they’re looking into regulating amounts of the drug in tobacco products, while officials in the U.K.’s Department of Health have discussed the U.S. proposal with FDA representatives, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Newsweek – Detecting cancer: colonoscopies before 50 may be key for early diagnosis, study indicates

Colorectal cancer is primarily viewed as a disease of aging, which is why most doctors tell young adult patients they don’t need to think about colonoscopies until turning 50. But that appears to be changing, as more patients far younger than the recommended screening age find themselves facing this scary diagnosis. It appears that colorectal cancer is a disease that is becoming more prevalent—and deadly—among younger adults. And doctors aren’t completely sure why.

CBS News – CDC reports spike in parasitic cyclospora infections this year

Health officials are investigating a sharp increase in reported cases of cyclospora, an intestinal infection caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. Since May 1, there have been 206 cases of cyclospora infections reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 88 cases during the same time period last year.

The Washington Post – A secret, supervised place where users can inject drugs has been operating in the U.S. for three years

Somewhere in a U.S. city, a small nonprofit organization has been hosting a secret site where users can inject drugs under the supervision of trained staff who provide clean needles and guard against overdoses, researchers said Tuesday. The site, which is illegal under federal law, has been operating for three years, according to a paper published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. It is part of the “harm reduction” strategy adopted by 98 facilities in 10 other countries where supervised injection sites operate legally.