42% of millennials in the U.S. say they personally know someone who has dealt with opioid addiction, according to a new NBC News/GenForward poll.

Why it matters: Millennials, ages 22 to 37, are expected to make up the largest generation in the U.S. by 2019. Overdose deaths are causing this group of individuals to die at a faster rate that those over 50 years old, according to the CDC.

By the numbers
  • White male and female millennials have been affected by the opioid epidemic the most — 54% know someone who is caught in the issue.
  • 30% of black millennials say they know someone who has dealt with an opioid addiction. Asian-Americans 26%. Latinos 23%.
  • More people who live in the Northeast part of the U.S. said they know someone who has dealt with opioid addiction than any other region. But about 40% of millennials in the Midwest, South and West still said yes to knowing someone.

What to watch: Opioid addiction is one issue that has Republicans and Democrats equally concerned. The House will vote on bills related to the opioid epidemic next week.

  • The party make-up is almost half of Republican millennials know someone who has dealt with opioid addiction, the survey says, adding that 42% of millennial Democrats and 37% of Independents saying they know someone who has dealt with it.
  • How the House votes of those bills may affect future access to treatment, opioid prescription policies and potential crackdowns of imported fentanyl.

The bottom line is that four out of 10 millennials, the generation that brings up the rear in America's workforce, voting power and parenthood, are directly and indirectly affected by the opioid epidemic.

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Robert Mueller speaks out on Roger Stone commutation

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Photo: The Washington Post / Contributor

Former special counsel Robert Mueller responded to claims from President Trump and his allies that Roger Stone was a "victim" in the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, writing in a Washington Post op-ed published Saturday: "He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

Why it matters: The rare public comments by Mueller come on the heels of President Trump's move to commute the sentence of his longtime associate, who was sentenced in February to 40 months in prison for crimes stemming from the Russia investigation. The controversial decision brought an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars.

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President Trump wore a face mask during his Saturday visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to AP.

Why it matters: This is the first known occasion the president has appeared publicly with a facial covering as recommended by health officials since the coronavirus pandemic began, AP writes.

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