The Hill – Budget deal includes $6 billion to fight opioid abuse

A bipartisan Senate budget deal includes $6 billion for opioid addiction and mental health, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said.

The Washington Post – Missing ‘special pay’ outrages Public Health Service officers; little explanation, no apology from agency

Thousands of health professionals who work for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), but wear uniforms and insignia like the Navy, must go without “special pay”.

Quartz – Cape Town’s water crisis is already posing a risk to public health

The water crisis hitting Cape Town is increasing the danger of diseases that surge when people do not wash their hands.

New York Times – Dr. Victor Sidel, public health champion, is dead at 86

Dr. Victor Sidel, a leading public health specialist whose concerns ranged from alleviating the effects of poverty in the Bronx, where he worked for many years, to raising alarms about the potential impact of nuclear war, died on Jan. 30 in Greenwood Village, Colo.

NPR – How the government handles public health threats

As flu season takes its toll across the country, Rachel Martin talks with commentator Cokie Roberts, who answers listener questions about how the government handles threats to public health.