Kaiser Health News – Nation’s top doc wants the overdose antidote widely on hand. Is that feasible?

When Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory calling for more people to carry naloxone — not just people at overdose risk, but also friends and family — experts and advocates were almost giddy.

Outbreak News Today – Hepatitis A cases in Charleston area linked multistate outbreak

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department reports recent cases of acute hepatitis A occurring in Kanawha and Putnam counties have been linked to an ongoing, multistate Hepatitis A outbreak.

The Washington Post – Federal substance abuse chief cancels contracts — and roils longtime agency partners

As the nation’s opioid epidemic rages on, the federal agency charged with leading the government’s response to substance abuse is changing the way it helps local communities. But critics say the move risks leaving programs with fewer resources until the new plan is in place.

Kaiser Health News – In a Puerto Rican mountain town, hope ebbs and health suffers

More than six months after Hurricane Maria, daily life in Castañer is nowhere close to normal. Children attend school half the day; another nearby school is closed for at least two years, and families who lost their homes have set up beds and couches in its classrooms.

New York Times – As opioid prescriptions fall, prescriptions for drugs to treat addiction rise

The number of new monthly prescriptions for medications that treat opioid addiction nearly doubled over the past two years, according to new data, while prescriptions for opioid painkillers continued to decline.