Apr 5, 2018

FDA wants internet providers, social media sites' help to curb opioid crisis

Outside the Food and Drug Administration's headquarters in White Oak, Md. Photo: Al Drago / CQ Roll Call

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Wednesday that internet service providers and social media sites such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, should play an active role in clamping-down illegal online sales of opioid drugs.

The details: Gottlieb said the availability and online purchase options of the illicit drugs, including products laced with lethal doses of the painkiller fentanyl, "fuels the opioid crisis." The FDA commissioner plans to hold a summit "soon" with leaders of internet companies and other stakeholders. Spokespeople for Facebook and Twitter said both platforms have policies that prohibit buying and selling of illicit and pharmaceutical drugs. Other companies didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Coronavirus updates: Market ends worst week since financial crisis

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The stock market ended its worst week since the financial crisis, prompting the Fed to release a statement. Meanwhile, the WHO warned that countries are losing their chance to contain the novel coronavirus and raised its global risk assessment to "very high" Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,860 people and infected more than 84,000 others in over 60 countries and territories outside the epicenter in mainland China. The number of new cases reported outside China now exceed those inside the country.

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California coronavirus: Latest case has no recent history of international travel

Gov. Gavin Newsom. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

A new case of the novel coronavirus in California was announced on Friday after Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday that 33 people had tested positive for the virus, noting the risk to the public remains low.

What's new: An adult woman with chronic health conditions in Santa Clara County who "did not recently travel overseas" or come into contact with anyone known to be ill was confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus on Friday by CDC and California Department of Public Health officials.

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Big video game conference delayed amid coronavirus concerns

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Next month's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco became the latest tech event to be cancelled or postponed amid growing concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The big picture: A growing number of events are being scrapped, including Mobile World Congress and Facebook's F8 developer conference. Some, like the giant SXSW event in Austin, insist they are moving forward.