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Updated PNS Daily Newscast - September, 22 2017 


The news we're following on today's rundown: Facebook turns over Russia-linked ads to Congress; how Senate Republicans’ new health-care bill could hurt the fight against the opioid epidemic; and Texas food banks prepare to serve the long-term needs of Harvey victims.

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Public News Service - MI: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Opioid overdoses claimed more than 1,700 Michigan lives in 2014. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - The opioid epidemic is worsening in states around the nation, and Michigan is among states taking firm action to address the problem. A legislative review from Stateline, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts, highlights several bills introduced in Michigan this year that would s

Seventy-six Michigan children died as the result of abuse or neglect in 2014. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - Dozens of Michigan children die each year due to abuse or neglect, and today people from around the state will gather in Lansing to highlight the importance of prevention. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Michigan Children's Trust Fund is hosting its 8th annual Preve

Addiction experts say curbing Michigan's heroin epidemic will require multi-systemic solutions, including helping those in recovery become integrated into their community. Credit: Partha S. Sahana/Flickr.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To combat Michigan's heroin epidemic, Governor Rick Snyder established the state's Prescription Drug and Opiate Abuse Task Force earlier this month. Robert Lathers, CEO of Ionia County Community Mental Health, is a member of the task force, and says individuals suffering

PHOTO: Would you receive the same care at a Catholic hospital as at an independent one? It's a question advocates for patients' rights want to make sure Michiganders think about, as a potential merger between Crittenton Hospital and Ascension Health is in the works. Photo credit: Click/Morguefile.

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – As another Michigan hospital plans to merge with a Catholic healthcare provider, health advocates are hoping to raise awareness about the repercussions the deals can have on the health and well-being of the entire community. Oakland County's Crittenton Hospital is one

PHOTO: Michigan teens are taking a stand against underage drinking with stickers reminding adults that supplying alcohol to minors is a crime. Photo credit: Amy Johnston

PINCKNEY, Mich. - "Project Sticker Shock" is hitting Michigan store shelves in an effort to keep adults from buying alcohol for teens. Pupils in one Michigan community are placing warning stickers on alcoholic beverages in stores to remind adults that supplying alcohol to minors is a crime. Accordin

LANSING, Mich. - There's concern that Michigan's working poor and those in poverty will lose cash and access to some health care programs if both Gov. Snyder and Congress get approval on their proposed budgets. Michigan families could lose the state's Earned Income Tax Credit, which equates to an av

LANSING, Mich. - Not everyone feels "holiday cheer." For women who have recently been released from prison, the holidays often compound the already overwhelming challenges of adjusting to life outside. Mary Ellen White has been director of Heartline, Inc. for 31 years, a residential program that co

Lansing, MI - There is no total health without mental health, according to a coalition of 60 organizations. They are working to convince state lawmakers to lift limits on mental-health and substance-abuse services to workers who have health insurance coverage. Linda Burghardt with the Michigan Ass

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