**Alcohol-Related Deaths Surging in Colorado Despite Pandemic Decline**

Denver, Colorado – The rise in fatal drug overdoses in Colorado over the past decade took a drastic turn during the pandemic. As the number of Coloradans killed by fentanyl increased significantly, state leaders, law enforcement officials, and public health managers called for urgent action. In response to these alarming trends, lawmakers made it a felony to possess even a small amount of fentanyl, the synthetic opioid responsible for the majority of fatal overdoses in …

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Gaza Strip Faces Explosion in Child Deaths Due to Surging Malnutrition and Disease Amid Israeli War

GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP – The Gaza Strip is in the midst of a crisis as reports of a surge in child deaths due to food scarcity, malnutrition, and disease have sparked alarm among multiple UN agencies. Israel’s ongoing war with the Palestinian territory has exacerbated the situation, with food and safe water becoming increasingly scarce. As the conflict enters its 20th week, U.N. agencies have warned of a looming crisis in preventable child deaths …

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Surging Shigella Cases Among Portland’s Homeless Prompt Public Health Concerns

Portland, Oregon is facing a surge in cases of Shigella, a highly contagious bacteria, being spread among the homeless population in and around downtown. In 2023, at least 218 cases of shigellosis were reported in the Portland metro area, with 45 cases in December alone, many of which occurred in Old Town. Public health officials are concerned that this surge could lead to a public health emergency. The bacteria is usually spread through fecal matter …

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