21 Million Face COVID Lockdown; Florida Sues FDA; Marijuana Overtakes Cigarettes

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One of China’s biggest cities, Chengdu, locked down 21.2 million residents as some of the country’s major population and economic hubs battle COVID outbreaks. (CNBC)

The DEA issued a warning about brightly colored fentanyl made to look like candy in order to target young people. (CNN)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) filed a lawsuit against the FDA claiming the agency is dragging out the approval of the Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Program, which would allow the state to import drugs from Canada to lower medication costs. (The Hill)

Jackson, Mississippi residents are being told to shower with their mouths closed as the city continues to grapple with a clean water crisis. (CNN)

The California legislature passed a bill requiring social media companies to consider the physical and mental health of minors who use their platforms. (The Hill)

A new report from a White House task force has a number of recommendations to end hunger, advance nutrition, and improve health in the U.S. (NPR)

The Coast Guard Academy is disenrolling seven cadets after they failed to follow the military’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. (ABC News)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a rule to reduce red tape and simplify applications, verifications, enrollment, and renewals for health care coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The number of American women crossing the border into Mexico to undergo abortions has increased in the months since Roe v. Wade was overturned. (NPR).

The continuing decline in life expectancy in the U.S. seen since the beginning of the COVID pandemic is not inevitable. (New York Times)

A decline in monkeypox cases in the U.K., France, Germany, Portugal, and Spain, suggests the outbreak can be eliminated in Europe, according to World Health Organization officials. (Washington Post)

For the first time ever, more people in the U.S. are smoking marijuana instead of nicotine cigarettes, according to a new Gallup poll. (USA Today)

Bird flu was detected in two commercial flocks in western Minnesota, as well as a hobby flock in Indiana. (ABC News)

Some pharmacies are having trouble filling prescriptions for amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall), following a labor shortage at Teva Pharmaceuticals, the nation’s biggest supplier of the ADHD drug. (NBC News)

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers on Wednesday deadlocked along party lines on whether an abortion rights amendment can be included on the November ballot, thus sending the issue to the state Supreme Court. (Politico)

In the meantime, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) earmarked $10 million for a reproductive healthcare clinic to meet expected demand for abortions by women traveling from neighboring states that have banned the procedure. (Reuters)

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    Mike Bassett is a staff writer focusing on oncology and hematology. He is based in Massachusetts.

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