Puerto Rico’s Unfolding Disaster
Guest: Charles R. Venator-Santiago, PhD, Associate Professor with joint appointment, Department of Political Science and El Instituto: Institute for Latino/a, Caribbean, Latin American Studies, University of Connecticut
Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria caused major damage to the US territory, much of the island remains without power, running water, fuel or phone service. Puerto Rican officials are pleading daily for more relief from Washington.
Insurers Limit Painkillers and Lower Risk of Abuse
Guest: Leo Beletsky, JD, Associate Professor of Law and Health Sciences, Northeastern University
Drug companies, doctors and even patients themselves have all been assigned some responsibility in the nation’s opioid epidemic. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50. More than two million Americans are estimated to be misusing addictive prescription painkillers.
A New York Times/ProPublica investigation found