“In 2017, a Brookings Institution report found that about half of the nearly 8 million men ages 25 to 54 not in the labor force acknowledge taking pain medication daily, and nearly two-thirds of that group take prescription pain medication. In 2018, a Labor Department survey found that 44 percent of men in this group who were out of the labor force acknowledged taking pain medication the previous day.”
— U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on the need to get those gripped by addiction off drugs, back into the workforce, and contributing to society.
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WHERE’S THAT SMILE?
Americans stopped losing their teeth to decay after communities began adding fluoride to their drinking water in the late 1940s. In the 1900s, the No. 1 reason for admission to Mayo Clinic was tooth infection, everyone had dental decay or lost teeth.
Now, some people are turning against fluoridation, just like people are turning against vaccines for the measles. In the future, you can bet they won’t be smiling.