May 17, 2019

Chart: The opioid epidemic is a global issue

Caitlin Owens, author of Vitals
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Adapted from OECD; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. isn't the only country that is struggling with opioid deaths, although it is seeing the most, according to a new OECD report.

Between the lines: Opioid overprescribing has been a global problem, the report says, although some countries with high rates of opioid availability don't also have high rates of overdose deaths. This suggests that appropriate regulation can have a big impact.

  • Other countries, like the U.S., have also experienced a rise in illegal opioids like heroin and fentanyl, which are a product of illicit international trade.

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CNN crew arrested live on air while reporting on Minneapolis protests

CNN's Omar Jimenez and his crew were arrested Friday by Minneapolis state police while reporting on the protests that followed the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city.

What happened: CNN anchors said Jimenez and his crew were arrested for not moving after being told to by police, though the live footage prior to their arrests clearly shows Jimenez talking calmly with police and offering to move wherever necessary.

First look: Trump courts Asian American vote amid coronavirus

Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

The president's re-election campaign debuts its "Asian Americans for Trump" initiative in a virtual event tonight, courting a slice of the nation's electorate that has experienced a surge in racism and harassment since the pandemic began.

The big question: How receptive will Asian American voters be in this moment? Trump has stoked xenophobia by labeling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus" and the "Wuhan virus" and equating Chinatowns in American cities to China itself.

How the U.S. might distribute a coronavirus vaccine

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Now that there are glimmers of hope for a coronavirus vaccine, governments, NGOs and others are hashing out plans for how vaccines could be distributed once they are available — and deciding who will get them first.

Why it matters: Potential game-changer vaccines will be sought after by everyone from global powers to local providers. After securing supplies, part of America's plan is to tap into its military know-how to distribute those COVID-19 vaccines.