A loaded heroin syringe at a public park in Hamilton, OH. Photo: John Minchillo / AP

Opiate overdoses kill one person every 16 minutes and the death toll continues to rise as the president delays the emergency declaration he announced one month ago.

Heroin stats from just one week, per the Cincinnati Enquirer:

  • At least 180 people overdosed in Cincinnati and its suburbs, an epicenter of the crisis
  • 18 people died from overdoses in the area
  • More than 200 users were in jail that week
  • 15 babies with heroin-related health issues were born

The big question: How will the Trump administration respond to the crisis? It still hasn't taken any official steps. The options could include a mobilization of medical resources or a mobilization of law enforcement — two very different things, Rachel Sachs, a law professor at the Washington University in St. Louis, previously told Axios.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1:30 p.m. ET: 20,412,501 — Total deaths: 744,649— Total recoveries: 12,629,465Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1:30 p.m. ET: 5,163,509 — Total deaths: 164,994 — Total recoveries: 1,714,960 — Total tests: 63,252,257Map.
  3. Politics: Pelosi on state of coronavirus stimulus talks: "It's a chasm"
  4. Business: U.S. already feeling effects of ending unemployment benefits.
  5. Public health: America is flying blind on its coronavirus response.
  6. Education: Gallup: America's confidence in public school system jumps to highest level since 2004.

Pelosi on state of coronavirus stimulus talks: "It's a chasm"

Democrats and the Trump administration remain "miles apart" on negotiations over a coronavirus stimulus deal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday.

Driving the news, via Axios' Dion Rabouin: Congress' failure to renew enhanced unemployment measures for millions of Americans at the end of July is already affecting consumer spending patterns, holding down retail purchases and foot traffic, economists at Deutsche Bank say.

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U.S. threatens to veto UN peacekeeping in Lebanon over Hezbollah concerns

Peacekeepers with Lebanese troops in southern Lebanon. Photo: Jalaa Marey/AFP via Getty

The Trump administration is threatening to veto a resolution to extend the UN's long-standing peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon if its mandate isn't changed, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: The U.S. is the main funder of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has an annual budget of $250 million. The veto threat is a tactical move, and part of a broader effort to put pressure on Iran and its proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah.