The Daily Populous

Thursday December 13rd, 2018 night edition

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Back in 2011, oxycodone was the drug most commonly linked to overdose deaths.

Starting in 2012 and lasting until 2015, heroin surpassed painkillers to become the drug most often involved.

But then fentanyl, a synthetic opioid pain reliever 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, infiltrated the American drug supply — what the CDC calls "the third wave" of the opioid epidemic.

The authors of the report identified drug overdose deaths by looking at the text on death certificates for the years 2011 to 2016.

Researchers found that the rate of drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl (or one of its analogs) doubled each year from 2013 to 2016.

By 2016, fentanyl was connected to 18,335 such deaths: it was linked to 29 percent of all drug overdose deaths that year.

These recent trends are part of a larger epidemic of fatal drug overdoses, which more than tripled between 1999 and 2017. »

Congress To Make Members Pay Out Of Pocket For Sexual Harassment Settlements

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Congress To Make Members Pay Out Of Pocket For Sexual Harassment Settlements.

Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement to overhaul the system for handling accusations of sexual misconduct against members, including a requirement that members pay out of pocket for some settlements and court judgments.

Currently, settlements are paid through taxpayer-funded accounts members use to pay for office salaries and expenses. »

Trump's refusal to pay attention during briefings leaving intelligence officials 'extraordinarily frustrated'

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White House officials disputed the contention Mr Trump is uninterested in intelligence assessments.

Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, said Mr Trump "remains an active and regular consumer of intelligence.

Many have taken to writing "for the record", officials said, meaning they generate reports to document intelligence community warnings on North Korea, Iran and other subjects. »

Confederate plaque removed from West Virginia courthouse

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A plaque honoring Confederate soldiers has been removed from a West Virginia courthouse.

The Journal reports the Jefferson County Commission voted 3-2 last week to remove the plaque and it has been taken down.

Some residents with family who fought on the Confederate side of the Civil War argued that the plaque should remain. »