NPR – Americans are a lonely lot, and young people bear the heaviest burden

A nationwide survey by the health insurer Cigna underscores that. It finds that loneliness is widespread in America, with nearly 50 percent of respondents reporting that they feel alone or left out always or sometimes.

The Post-Gazette – The needle in the family tree: from children to grandparents, whole families are caught up in the opioid crisis

She’s part of a wave of children whose innocent years have been complicated — often tragically — by the pills, heroin and fentanyl that have surged through the hills of Appalachia, even reaching this street in little North Vandergrift, Armstrong County.

NPR – ‘Failing Patients’: Baltimore video highlights crisis of emergency psychiatric care

A viral video from Baltimore is drawing attention to a crisis that’s unfolding in emergency rooms across the country: Surging numbers of patients with psychiatric conditions aren’t receiving the care they need.

BBC – How cough syrup in Nigeria is creating a generation of addicts

When the younger brother of the BBC’s Ruona Meyer became addicted to cough syrup, she began to investigate the men who make and sell opioid-based medicine on the streets of Lagos.

The New York Times – Ireland investigates cervical cancer screening scandal

The Irish government announced on Monday that it was opening an official inquiry and setting up phone help lines and emergency testing after it emerged that a publicly funded smear test program had mistakenly cleared at least 208 women who later received diagnoses of cervical cancer.