Wall Street Journal — Overdose deaths likely to fall for first time since 1990
For the first time in decades, drug-overdose deaths in the U.S. are on the precipice of declining. However, health officials and scientists warn U.S. is far from defeating drug epidemic.

NBC News — How black pharmacists are closing the cultural gap in health care
Independent black-owned pharmacies fill a void for African American patients looking for care that’s sensitive to their heritage, beliefs and values.

AP — Smoke from US wildfires boosting health risk for millions
Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths.

CBS — Nursing home costs in the U.S. are rising even faster than health care
Nursing home costs can cost upwards of $100,000 a year, a heavy financial burden even for Americans who have set money aside for their later years — and a crushing one for those who haven’t. And those costs are rising, even outstripping the rising cost of health care in the U.S.]

New York Times — House approves border aid, seeking to curb Trump’s crackdown
A divided House voted on Tuesday to send $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid to the border to address horrific conditions facing a crush of migrants, attaching significant rules on how the money could be spent in the first action by Democrats to rein in President Trump’s immigration crackdown.