Jun 26, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Today's PM is 483 words, a 2 minute read.

Situational awareness: The Senate passed a Trump-approved $4.6 billion border emergency bill today, shortly after rejecting the version passed yesterday by House Democrats. The two parties will now rush to make a deal by the July 4 recess.

1 big thing: A glimmer of hope on overdoses

Drug overdose deaths are believed to have fallen last year for the first time since 1990, the WSJ reports.

  • Provisional data predicts "there were nearly 69,100 drug deaths in the 12-month period ending last November, down from almost 72,300 predicted deaths for 12 months ending November 2017."
  • "If the trend holds through December, annual drug deaths will fall for the first time since 1990, when overdoses killed about 8,400 people."

Why it matters: That would be a strong and promising sign that the current addiction epidemic — fueled by prescription opioids, heroin and illegal fentanyl — has at least stopped getting worse, Axios' Sam Baker notes.

Between the lines: This progress is tenuous, and one year will not make up for the 30-year rise in overdose deaths.

  • While life-saving drugs to reverse the immediate effects of an overdose have become much more widely available, access to longer-term addiction treatment is still wanting.
  • One other grim explanation, the Journal notes, "is that some of the most vulnerable people have already been killed."

Go deeper: Deaths by suicide, drugs and alcohol reached an all-time high in 2017

Bonus: Pics du jour
Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Above: Wayfair employees participate in a Boston walkout after the company sold more than $200,000 in bedroom furniture to a Texas detention facility for migrant children.

Below: Elizabeth Warren addresses the crowd about migrant children in front of a detention center in Homestead, Florida.

Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images
2. What you missed
  1. Western Europe's heat wave: June temperature records, and possibly even all-time high temperature records, have been broken or threatened in multiple countries through the weekend. Go deeper.
  2. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg told me at the Aspen Ideas Festival today that the aircraft maker is having "ongoing conversations" with its airline customers about possible reimbursements following the grounding of its 737 MAX jets. Go deeper.
  3. Bahrain's foreign minister says the Palestinians made a mistake not showing up to the U.S.-led conference in Manama, where the Trump administration is launching the economic portion of its peace plan. Video.
  4. More Parkland fallout: Two Broward County deputies were fired for "neglect of duty" during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
3. 1 ☀️ thing

The residents of the Norwegian island of Sommaroy, which lies above the Arctic Circle, have launched a campaign to become "time free" during their annual 69 days of constant sunshine, reports the N.Y. Times' Anna Schaverien.

  • "Kjell Ove Hveding, the leader of the island’s “Let’s Stop Time” campaign, went to the national Parliament in Oslo to deliver the petition asking for the Parliament to debate the proposal."
  • "Islanders say that timeless living during the days of midnight sun could mean doing away with all clocks, deadlines and opening hours, and waving goodbye to the prescribed norms of doing certain activities, such as eating dinner or going to bed, at certain times."

"This is us, this is how we live. It is not a joke, it is something that we seriously want," Hveding told the Times.

Mike Allen