21 million faces COVID Lockdown; Florida sues FDA; Marijuana overtakes cigarettes

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One of China’s biggest cities, Chengdu, has locked down 21.2 million people as some of the country’s major population and economic centers battle COVID outbreaks. (CNBC)

The DEA has issued a warning about brightly colored fentanyl designed to look like candy to target young people. (CNN)

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) has filed a lawsuit against the FDA, claiming the agency is delaying approval of the Canadian Prescription Drug Import Program, which would allow the state to import drugs from Canada to reduce drug costs. (The hill)

Residents of Jackson, Mississippi are being told to shower with their mouths shut as the city continues to face a drinking water crisis. (CNN)

The California legislature has passed a bill requiring social media companies to consider the physical and mental health of minors who use their platforms. (The hill)

A new report from a White House task force contains a number of recommendations to end hunger, advance nutrition and improve health in the United States (NPR)

The Coast Guard Academy de-enrolls seven cadets after they failed to complete the Army’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. (ABC News)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed a rule aimed at reducing red tape and simplifying applications, verifications, registrations and renewals for health care coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The number of American women crossing the Mexican border to have abortions has increased in the months since Roe v. Wade. (NPR).

The continued decline in U.S. life expectancy seen since the start of the COVID pandemic is not inevitable. (New York Times)

A drop in monkeypox cases in the UK, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain suggests the outbreak can be eliminated in Europe, World Health Organization officials say. (Washington Post)

For the first time, more people in the United States are smoking marijuana instead of nicotine cigarettes, according to a new Gallup poll. (USA today)

Bird flu has been detected in two commercial flocks in western Minnesota, as well as in an amateur flock in Indiana. (ABC News)

Some pharmacies are struggling to fill prescriptions for amphetamine/dextramphetamine (Adderall), following a labor shortage at Teva Pharmaceuticals, the nation’s largest supplier of ADHD drugs. (BNC News)

The Michigan Board of State Solicitors deadlocked on Wednesday according to the parties on whether an abortion rights amendment can be included in the November ballot, sending the matter back to the Michigan Supreme Court. ‘State. (Policy)

In the meantime, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) has earmarked $10 million for a reproductive healthcare clinic to meet the expected demand for abortions by women traveling from neighboring states that have banned the procedure. (Reuters)

  • Mike Bassett is a writer who focuses on oncology and hematology. He is based in Massachusetts.

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