Secret US drug injection site shows how supervision could save lives

<span>Photograph: Rick Callahan/AP</span>
Photograph: Rick Callahan/AP

For five years, a secret supervised drug injection site has operated in the US, allowing drug users to inject more than 10,000 times in a sterile, protected environment.

The illegal operation is modeled after similar, legal sites in Canada and Europe, which seek to provide drug users with a place to get clean supplies, connect with social services and avoid overdosing in a dangerous place.

A study of the underground site published in the New England Journal of Medicine online on Wednesday revealed how lives could be saved if the US were to sanction such facilities.

Related: Secret supervised drug injection facility has been operating at US site for years

At the clandestine site, there were 33 opioid-involved overdoses, which were reversed with the medication naloxone, according to researchers at the not-for-profit RTI International and the University of California, San Diego.

“Not only were the 33 overdoses

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Can North Carolina save both lives and its economy in the pandemic? UNC experts say yes.

A panel of experts from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School said Tuesday that while a COVID-19 vaccine remains far off and the economy can’t handle operating halfway for too long, North Carolina doesn’t have to choose between jobs and lives.

Even as virus hospitalizations reached almost a thousand and cases climb over 75,000, the state has what it needs to save both lives and the economy, the panel said in an online conference.

Like the rest of the country, cases are rising here as critical economic activity resumes and the virus spreads to less-affected areas. But “such an increase really only becomes problematic to the extent that it imperils the health care system from being able to sufficiently respond,” said UNC business professor Christian Lundblad.

“The reality is that a vaccine may be a long way off,” Lundblad said. “So our objective, to be perfectly frank, is

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If black lives matter, now is not the time to abandon the jury system

The new Lord Chief Justice, Sir Ian Burnett, at the Royal Courts of Justice: PA
The new Lord Chief Justice, Sir Ian Burnett, at the Royal Courts of Justice: PA

A few decades ago, I was lucky enough (or depending how you see it, unlucky enough) to perform jury service. It was at times a rather surreal experience – one that taught me as much about our social order as it did about our justice system – and how they influence each other. It felt a bit like a university group project but with random strangers instead of a group of like-minded colleagues.

The random people in my 12 included: a super-assertive white male investment banker, a born-again Christian Nigerian woman who at the start of deliberations tearfully remembered the biblical requirement not to judge (“lest thee be judged” she reliably informed us), a morally upstanding white hippie who would go outside to smoke weed during the breaks, three rather quiet women, multiple 50-something “my

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Sex Therapists Reveal How Quarantine Has Changed Our Sex Lives

The social distancing measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 have shaken up our sex lives, for better and for worse. 

Maintaining that safe 6-foot distance from anyone you don’t live with makes sex — the conventional kind, anyway — all but impossible because of the close physical contact it involves. The virus spreads primarily through respiratory droplets that are emitted when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks. One small study found the virus present in the semen of some COVID-19 patients; however, this does not necessarily mean the virus can be transmitted sexually. 

While people are still encouraged to limit their contact with anyone outside of their household, some public health officials recognize that it’s not realistic to ask folks to remain abstinent over a long period of time. The New York Department of Public Health released updated sex guidelines on June 8 that

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Gov. Newsom must make face masks mandatory in California to save lives from COVID-19

The evidence is clear: Cloth masks can help significantly reduce the spread of the coronavirus. That’s why California must make masks mandatory in all public places. Sources say Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to address the question of mandatory masks today.

Multiple scientific studies show that, until there’s a vaccine, cloth masks will provide our best defense against the unchecked spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. That’s why all Californians should gladly do their part and wear masks in public places.

“This protective measure alone significantly reduced the number of infections, that is, by over 78,000 in Italy from April 6 to May 9 and over 66,000 in New York City from April 17 to May 9,” according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. “Other mitigation measures, such as social distancing implemented in the United States, are insufficient by themselves in

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5 meaningful Father’s Day ideas amid Black Lives Matter, Pride Month and the COVID-19 pandemic

Father’s Day 2020 is another occasion that feels significantly different than the year prior.

Sunday, the day devoted to dads may conjure up thoughts of George Floyd, a father whose death in police custody ignited nationwide protests demanding justice and racial equality. Or perhaps, one might think of his daughter Gianna, 6, who, as seen in a clip that has gone viral, understands “Daddy changed the world.”  

There are also those still separated from their fathers due to the global health crisis. Some who live close to dad might be staying away to reduce his risk of infection. Others might not feel safe traveling to see pops just yet. 

June is also  Pride Month when members of the LGBTQ community come together to recognize the progress they’ve made since the 1969 Stonewall Riots. 

Here are some ways to have a meaningful Father’s Day:

Celebrating Pride Month and rallying for racial

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Black drag queens rally support for Black Lives Matter and Pride

Jo Mama’s friends warned her not to protest against police brutality while dressed in drag. If something happened, they argued, people could grab items off of her, or she could become a target.

“So I went in drag on purpose. Kind of in defiance, to be like, ‘You’re going see me,’” the Chicago queen said. “I’m going to be present. You can’t miss me and you’re going to hear my voice.”

With Pride month celebrations halted amid the coronavirus pandemic, Black drag queens are continuing their legacy of protesting inequalities in the U.S. by taking to the streets in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, donating to social justice organizations, supporting Black businesses and using their social media platforms to spread messages of support and to share resources. All while wearing glitter-flecked dresses, high heels, wigs and masks. 

Their advocacy comes as protests have unfolded across the nation in

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A deaf fitness influencer says dark rooms, loud music, and Instagram Lives are ‘major barriers’ to gym class accessibility

India Morse is a deaf fitness instructor.
India Morse is a deaf fitness instructor.

India Morse

  • India Morse is a fitness instructor and influencer who was born deaf.

  • She spoke to Insider about the ways the fitness industry isn’t accessible enough for the deaf community.

  • For example, boutique studios are often too dark and Instagram Live workouts are impossible to follow without captions.

  • These barriers led Morse to create her own coaching platform, complete with subtitles and voiceovers on all videos.

  • “Put in your earplugs and see how you get on — then you’ll know how to make it more accessible!” she said.

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Take a glance at India Morse’s Instagram feed and you’d be forgiven for thinking she was just another fitness influencer posting workouts, healthy recipes, and the odd mirror selfie. 

But look a little more closely and you’ll learn that Morse, whose handle is @youleanmeup, has a mission greater

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