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Powder methamphetamine packaged in foil for an illegal street sale. Across the U.S., more and more opioid users report using methamphetamine as well as opioids — up from 19% in 2011 to 34% in 2017, according to one study. Science Source hide caption

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Meth In The Morning, Heroin At Night: Inside The Seesaw Struggle of Dual Addiction

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In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Truvada to prevent HIV infection in people at high risk. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Expert Panel Recommends Wider Use Of Daily Pill To Prevent HIV Infections

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A border collie jumps to catch a flying disc during a competition. New research suggests that dog stress mirrors owner stress, especially in dogs and humans who compete together. Bela Szandelszky/AP hide caption

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You May Be Stressing Out Your Dog

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Well-kept parks, clean air and water, safe and friendly neighborhoods: these and many other factors outside our control contribute to health. WIN-Initiative/Getty Images/WIN-Initiative RM hide caption

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Neda Billie says she's so excited to turn the lights on in her home on the Navajo Nation. About 10% of Navajos on the reservation live without electricity, and as much as 40% have to haul their water and use outhouses. Laurel Morales/KJZZ hide caption

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For Many Navajos, Getting Hooked Up To The Power Grid Can Be Life-Changing

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Volunteers help pay for and disseminate overdose kits, including the overdose antidote, naloxone, in Summit County, Ohio. The costs of battling the addiction crisis are a burden on many local municipalities. Brian Mann for NPR hide caption

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Cities And States Look To Big Pharma To Cover Costs Of The Opioid Epidemic

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The CEO at the Ogallala Community Hospital in Ogallala, Neb., began offering $100,000 signing bonuses to attract doctors to the town. Theo Stroomer for NPR hide caption

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The Struggle To Hire And Keep Doctors In Rural Areas Means Patients Go Without Care

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An analysis of air quality and childhood asthma in Los Angeles found that kids' health improved when smog declined. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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When LA's Air Got Better, Kids' Asthma Cases Dropped

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Leitha Dollarhyde, a retired caregiver who lives in a rural town near Whitesburg, Ky., says she could not afford an unexpected $1,000 expense. Sydney Boles for NPR hide caption

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Poll: Many Rural Americans Struggle With Financial Insecurity, Access To Health Care

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Band-aid at the ready, Sara McRae, a medical assistant at Unity Health Care, heads in to vaccinate a pediatric patient. Selena Simmons-Duffin/NPR hide caption

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The Other Reasons Kids Aren't Getting Vaccinations: Poverty And Health Care Access

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The increase in suicide rates was highest for girls ages 10 to 14, rising by nearly 13% since 2007. While for boys of the same age, it rose by 7%. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

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Suicide Rate For Girls Has Been Rising Faster Than For Boys, Study Finds

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