On health care and everything else, the path to compromise is available

Commentary: On health care and everything else, the path to compromise is available

Contrary to most, I was not surprised that Congress has failed to repeal and replace “Obamacare”. “Repeal and Replace” has been the unifying slogan of the Republican party since 2009. That slogan may have become fact except for one minor detail. Like the Democratic party, the Republican party is merely a coalition of various diverse factions. Political parties have historically been bottom up rather than top down organizations. […]

News: Drug experts see confluence of factors behind opioid crisis   source: Grand Forks Herald  

In Minot, the Mayor’s Committee on Addiction met this week. When it comes to dealing with the effects of the opioid and larger addiction problem, they’re going to divide and hopefully conquer. They’ll be splitting into several sub-committees to deal with different arms of the larger animal. It’s important work, but the method also invites the larger question, how do we prevent the problem before it starts? That […]

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: White House commission recommends president declare a national emergency over the deadly opioid epidemic   source: Los Angeles Times  

The opioid epidemic that’s been discussed so heavily here in Minot is not just a local problem, it extends far beyond North Dakota’s borders. And a White House Commission on the opioid epidemic is now recommending the President declare a national emergency with regards to the issue. Locally, the Mayor’s committee on addiction will meet on Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

Your Brain On Fentanyl

Learn, News: Your Brain On Fentanyl

Fentanyl is one of the dangerously potent synthetic derivatives of heroin that seems to be now more-regularly cut with the drug to increase the bang users get for the buck. It’s an alarming market-based reaction fed by increasing demand. And that fact that it’s now found on the streets — even in places like Minot — is reason enough to make yourself informed. Check out this explainer video […]

News: Prairie Roots Food Co-op opens in Fargo with mix of natural, organic foods   source: InForum  

The manner in which shop for groceries is evolving and there’s no better evidence than the opening of another food co-op in the state. Prairie Roots Food Co-op opened their doors in downtown Fargo yesterday. The member-owned business uses 5,600 square feet to provide organic and natural food, much of it locally sourced.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

For Newborns Exposed To Opioids, Health Issues May Be The Least Of Their Problems

Learn, News: For Newborns Exposed To Opioids, Health Issues May Be The Least Of Their Problems   source: NPR  

There’s some good news; the short-term withdrawal symptoms of babies exposed to opioids in the womb are manageable. The bad news, the same child is likely to start life in a difficult home environment, and the consequences of that are often much more significant. This interview-article from NPR presents a perspective worth noting as we in Minot take up this problem and look for solutions.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: UND wins $3.8 million for substance abuse services   source: Grand Forks Herald  

The personal fights have always been there. But now with the attention of politicians caught, it seems the funding to fight the drug abuse and addiction problems is starting to follow. Andrew Haffner with the Grand Forks Herald has the story on a $3.8 million grant for UND and how they’ll use the resources.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: SD congresswoman’s family-based substance abuse treatment bill passes House   source: Grand Forks Herald  

Last week, the U.S. House unanimously passed the Supporting Families in Substance Abuse Treatment Act. The program allows foster care dollars to go towards keeping families together while parents in trouble because of drug abuse stay in a treatment center that can accommodate the whole family.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: Health Department warns of cyanotoxin in North Dakota waters, animal deaths reported   source: Minot Daily News  

The hotter-than-usual weather combined with little rain has sped up mother nature’s clock when it comes to creating ripe conditions for blue-green algae development. The blue-green algae release cyanotoxins into water sources that can be fatal if ingested. Several cattle deaths have already been reported. Kim Fundingsland with the Minot Daily News has the story.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: Africa is now the world’s testing ground for commercial drones   source: Quartz  

North Dakota likes to think of itself as a leader in UAS investment. And in the U.S., we are. But on a global scale, strict U.S. regulations are dampening the industries ability to advance at the pace dictated by commercial demands and technical ability. In Africa, regulatory burdens aren’t a problem there we’re seeing drones deployed in ways that are literally saving lives.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: CHART: Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill   source: NPR  

If you’re confused by who to trust with regards to the news about the Republican-drafted revision Obamacare, Gisele Grayson with NPR put together a simple chart that outlines the proposed legislation’s impacts. It’s pretty straight forward information from a news source that I still trust operates with healthy dose of professional and journalistic integrity.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky