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David Cave, a recovery coach who is part of an addiction specialty team at Salem Hospital, north of Boston, stands outside the emergency department. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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Encore: An animal tranquilizer is making street drugs even more dangerous

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People bring bags of drugs into Tapestry Health's office if they suspect the drugs contain xylazine, a sedative that is starting to permeate illegal opioids and cocaine. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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An animal tranquilizer is making street drugs even more dangerous

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A block in Massachusetts is the test site for ways to cool cities in the summer

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A drug overdose rescue kit is pictured in Buffalo, N.Y. The Biden administration plans to increase access to clean needles, fentanyl test strips and naloxone to combat drug overdose deaths. Carolyn Thompson/AP hide caption

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The White House has a strategy for reducing drug overdose deaths

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The headquarters of Purdue Pharma LP, the maker of the painkiller OxyContin, are seen in Stamford, Conn. Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Purdue Pharma, Sacklers reach $6 billion deal with state attorneys general

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A photo of Tony Tsantinis hangs in a collage set up for a celebration of his life on the final day that Athens Pizza in Brimfield, Mass., was open for business. Tsantinis, who owned the pizzeria for many years, died of COVID-19 last month when efforts to find space at a hospital that could offer him a higher level of care could not be found. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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17 hospitals had no room for this COVID patient. He later died waiting for dialysis

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Demonstrators scatter fake money and prescription bottles of OxyContin in August outside of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, where the Purdue bankruptcy hearings were held. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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The Purdue Pharma Deal Would Deliver Billions, But Individual Payouts Will Be Small

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Trees Could Be A Mental, Physical And Climate Change Antidote

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Experts Worry Increasing Demand To Power ACs Will Make Global Warming Worse

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She coordinates COVID-19 vaccinations at a federally subsidized clinic in Linden, Tenn., but nurse Kirstie Allen has not gotten the vaccine herself. She wants to wait and see first. In Tennessee, 42% of adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Blake Farmer/WPLN hide caption

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As COVID Vaccinations Slow, Parts Of The U.S. Remain Far Behind 70% Goal

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The Vaccination Rate Against COVID-19 Varies From State To State

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After experiencing a suicidal crisis earlier this year, Melinda, a Massachusetts 13-year-old, was forced to remain 17 days in the local hospital's emergency room while she waited for a space to open up at a psychiatric treatment facility. She was only allowed to use her phone an hour a day in the ER; her mom visited daily, bringing books and special foods. Photo courtesy of Pam, Melinda's mother hide caption

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Kids In Mental Health Crisis Can Languish For Days Inside ERs

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