Aug 16, 2017

More teenagers are dying from drug overdoses

New, sobering statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: After seven years of mostly declining drug overdose death rates among people aged 15-19, the rate ticked back up in 2015 to 3.7 deaths per 100,000 people.

Opioids — especially heroin — are by far the leading cause of drug deaths for teenagers. Overdose deaths due to synthetic opioids like fentanyl more than doubled among teenagers from 2014 to 2015.

Why it matters: The opioid epidemic isn't just affecting prime-age working adults. It's also taking the lives of more high schoolers who are too young to vote.

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The polarized pandemic election

A Trump supporter protests Pennsylvania's stay-at-home order, during a May 15 rally outside the Capitol in Harrisburg. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

President Trump is going all-in on pushing for a rapid, robust return to normal life, creating a visual, visceral contrast with Joe Biden and other Democrats who are more reticent to rip the masks off.

The state of play: Business friends have been urging Trump from the beginning to keep the lockdowns short. He's listening more and more.

Tech's long hot summer of antitrust

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Google, Facebook and other tech giants face a summer of regulatory grilling as long-running investigations into potential anticompetitive practices likely come to a head.

The big picture: Probes into the power of Big Tech launched by federal and state authorities are turning a year old, and observers expect action in the form of formal lawsuits and potentially damning reports — even as the companies have become a lifeline for Americans during the pandemic lockdown.

Palantir CEO hits Silicon Valley "monoculture," may leave California

Palantir is "getting close" to a decision on whether to move the company out of California, CEO Alex Karp said in an interview for "Axios on HBO."

The state of play: "We haven't picked a place yet, but it's going to be closer to the East Coast than the West Coast. ... If I had to guess, I would guess something like Colorado."