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A death certificate needs to say more than something vague like "opioid intoxication" to help law enforcement and public health officials curb the distribution of opioids, epidemiologists say. How many drugs did the person take, and which ones? Such details can help families heal, too. Alan Crawford/Getty Images hide caption

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Details On Death Certificates Offer Layers Of Clues To Opioid Epidemic

Deaths from opioid overdoses are on the rise, and we know that because of data on death certificates. States determine who fills them out and what information they record. And that can vary widely.

"I think that issue alone should comfort people in voting for Donald Trump for president," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said of the candidate's list of potential Supreme Court nominees. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Mitch McConnell: Republican Party Is At An 'All-Time High'

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Merlion Empancipator
Greenland Empancipator
First of the Month D.J. U-Neek
They Got... Non Phixion
Waves (Instrumental Mix) Mr. Probz
Nobody Hiatus
Close (To The Edit) Art Of Noise

Pilot tests discovered high levels of lead in three water fountains at this school on Chicago's South Side. The fountains were shut down and replaced with water coolers. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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High Lead Levels Discovered In Chicago School's Drinking Fountains

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A Song That Will Help You Remember to Forget Slow Dancing Society
Side 4, Pt. 3: Surfacing Pink Floyd

Dave Pear of the Oakland Raiders puts a stop to Larry Csonka of the Miami Dolphins after a 1-yard gain during fourth-quarter action on Oct. 9, 1979, in Oakland. The Raiders won 13-3. AP hide caption

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What Is Football Doing To Us As A People?

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Nique les clones, Pt. II Nekfeu
Dinky DJ Premier

Flanked by veterans, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers questions about money he raised for veterans groups. Trump spent much of Tuesday's press conference attacking the media, saying they should be thanking him rather than criticizing him. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Why Trump Called A Press Conference To Bash The Press

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A death certificate needs to say more than something vague like "opioid intoxication" to help law enforcement and public health officials curb the distribution of opioids, epidemiologists say. How many drugs did the person take, and which ones? Such details can help families heal, too. Alan Crawford/Getty Images hide caption

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Details On Death Certificates Offer Layers Of Clues To Opioid Epidemic

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The Dead Sea Scrolls Fort Fairfield
Bartender - Instrumental T-Pain

Cleveland Clinic surgeons in February transplanted a uterus from a deceased donor into 26-year-old Lindsey McFarland, who was born without one. Though the experimental surgery was initially thought successful, a raging infection forced removal of the organ within weeks. Cleveland Clinic hide caption

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A Transplanted Uterus Offers Hope, But Procedure Stirs Debate

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Talking Book Darshan Ambient
Natural Green Blazo
Hours Tycho
Turtle Soup - Wagon Christ Mix DJ Food
Pok ! Robert Le Magnifique
Rhymes Like Dimes feat. DJ Cucumber Slice MF Doom
If I Could Teach The World (Originally by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) D.J. U-Neek

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