PBS Newshour — Donald Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency
The president’s action met pushback, primarily because the White House’s decision to declare this crisis as a public health emergency does not summon new funding. George Benjamin, executive director for the American Public Health Association said in a released statement that the president’s strategy “comes up short.”

HealthDay – Drop off your unused meds Saturday on ‘Take Back Day’
Do you have unused prescription drugs taking up space in your medicine cabinet? On Saturday, Oct. 28, you can safely dispose of unwanted medicines at sites across the country as part of the next “Take Back Day,” sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and state and local partners.

Vox — Puerto Rico is slipping into an environmental crisis
Five weeks after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, the island appears to be in the midst of a growing environmental catastrophe. One in four Puerto Ricans still lack access to reliable clean water.

NPR — Reductions in federal funding for health law navigators cut unevenly
People can start signing up for health insurance for 2018 starting Nov. 1. But the landscape for the law has changed a lot. Take navigators, for instance. Those are specially trained people who help consumers sign up for coverage. In August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services cut funding for navigators by 41 percent.

The Hill — House to vote on funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program next week
The House will vote on extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program next week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced Thursday. The long-awaited vote comes after Republicans and Democrats failed to reach an agreement following weeks of negotiating ways to pay for the program.