A record 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, up 10 percent from the previous year, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control. The practice of mixing the highly potent opioid fentanyl into street drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine is a major factor in the increased death toll.
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Americans are eating out a lot more, with the annualized three-month gain in sales at dining and drinking establishments rising 25.3 percent, to $61.6 billion. That’s the fastest surge since 1992, according to a new Commerce Department report.
More than 2,000 prison inmates are fighting California’s wildfires, but it will be almost impossible for them to get firefighter jobs in the state once they are released. Most California fire departments require an EMT license, and EMT certifying boards typically reject applicants with criminal convictions.
Democrats running for state and federal offices this year think stricter gun control is a winning message, running over 82,000 political ads on the issue thus far. Nearly 60 percent of all ads on guns in 2018 have favored stricter laws, up from 31 percent in 2016 and just 11 percent in 2014.
Women have won 65 percent—90 of the 138—of Democratic open primary elections this year in which at least one man and one woman were running.
More Democrats now view socialism more positively than capitalism. 57% of Democrats have a favorable view of socialism, compared with 47% who see capitalism positively. The percentage of Democrats with a positive view of capitalism has dropped 9% since 2016.
79% of Americans say it’s never acceptable for a campaign to accept dirt on a political opponent from a hostile foreign power, including 69% of Republicans and 92% of Democrats.