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In order to address the growing opioid epidemic that is wreaking havoc across New Jersey and the nation, the researchers in Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) will be forming a new series of workshops to address the problem. The opioid epidemic kills approximately 3,000 people in New Jersey every year, according to Rutgers Today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released statistics that said drug overdoses reached a new high in 2017, killing more than 70,000 Americans nationwide, according to the article. The state and the U.S. are dealing with a public health crisis, and we laurel RBHS for taking a role in addressing the epidemic.
Born in this nation of promise and progress, civic and political power are inalienable birthrights that require provision and nurturing. Yet they are placed in the hands of some and beyond reach for others. Institutions of learning are designed to be the grand guardians of democracy, wielding education as a great leveler of inequities. They function as ladders descending down to those born into circumstances beyond their control, ready for their ascension.
Unauthorized immigration in to the United States peaked in 2007. A decade ago, the total number of unauthorized immigrants hit its precipice and then declined, continuing to fall for the next 10 years. The drop in illegal immigration to the lowest level it has been since 2004 is connected to the large decrease of 1.5 million people in the number of Mexican unauthorized immigrants from 2007 to 2016, according to the Pew Research Center.
In the past few months Americans have been forced to recognize the fact that sexual harassment and assault are significantly more prevalent than previously acknowledged. A slew of beloved public figures have been ousted as having committed unwanted sexual acts, some of whom admit truth to the accusations and apologize and others who fail to do so. As a result of this, our society has been confronted with the uncomfortable fact that sexual assault and harassment are normal, everyday occurrences.
President Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party have officially reeled in their first win — the hasty and flippant passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While the bill largely espouses tax cuts to the immensely wealthy, it seems to many to be a blatant assault on the accessibility of higher education.