FierceHealthcare – CDC steps up fight against opioid addiction with $28.6M to expand data collection and improve PDMPs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding nearly $30 million in new funding to states across the country to bolster data collection efforts that federal officials view as key to combating opioid addiction. The federal government will divvy up $28.6 million across three data-driven initiatives in 44 states and the District of Columbia, the CDC announced on Tuesday. The funding is part of the 2017 appropriations bill that carved out additional money to combat opioid addiction across the country.

The New York Times – Infectious mosquitoes are turning up in new regions

A mounting number of citations on a popular disease-tracking website suggests that mosquitoes may be moving into new ecological niches with greater frequency. Most reports have concerned the United States, where, for example, Aedes aegypti — the yellow fever mosquito, which also spreads Zika, dengue and chikungunya — has been turning up in counties in California and Nevada where it had never, or only rarely, been seen.

Smithsonian – Harvey’s next danger: massive mosquito clouds

After the catastrophic devastation of hurricane Harvey, the people of Texas are now facing a slew of problems from contaminated floodwaters to toxic mold to giant alligators sneaking into homes to floating rafts of fire ants. But as Joe Hanson at Texas Monthly reports, Harvey victims have yet another galling problem to add the mix: giant clouds of mosquitoes.

The Weather Channel – ‘Time is running out:’ Florida makes final preparations as the last chance to leave arrives

As Hurricane Irma churns its way ever closer to the U.S. coastline, residents in Florida have one more day to decide whether they are staying to face the deadly storm or seeking shelter somewhere else. “Time is running out,” said Florida Gov. Rick Scott during a Friday morning press conference. “Today is the day to do what’s right for your family and get inland for safety.”

The Washington Post – In scathing lawsuit, first responders describe vomiting, gasping at Texas chemical plant fire

A group of first responders exposed to smoke from a Crosby, Tex., chemical plant fire after Hurricane Harvey are suing the owner of the plant for more than $1 million, saying that they vomited and gasped for air in the middle of the road in a scene the suit describes as “nothing less than chaos.”