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    The committee voted along party lines in March to formally close the Russia investigation, after just more than one year. Democrats have continued to press ahead with their own investigation, which included an interview just this week with Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie.

    “Republicans chose not to seriously investigate — or even see, when in plain sight — evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, instead adopting the role of defense counsel for key investigation witnesses,” Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee’s top Democrat, said in a statement. “There is no denying the abundant evidence that the Trump campaign sought, and was eager to accept, the assistance of a hostile foreign power bent on interfering in our election.”

    The final report, drafted by the Republican majority, does criticize some Trump campaign officials for taking “ill-advised” meetings with Russians, some with links directly to the Kremlin. It acknowledges that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort expected to receive “but did not ultimately obtain” information from a Kremlin-linked lawyer that could damage the Clinton campaign. It also notes that Donald Trump Jr. “briefly met” a Russian government official at National Rifle Association conference, but says there was “no evidence” that they discussed the presidential election.

    The report does strongly criticize the Obama administration for in its view failing to adequately confront Russian efforts to meddle in the U.S. election. It also repeats charges of a memo drafted by Nunes that the Justice Department misled a judge in its effort to obtain a secret surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a Trump foreign policy aide.

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    In a recent visit to Georgia, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams had a message for the Latino community specifically:

    “There are two things I wish to say to the Latino community. Number one, don’t fool yourselves; this isn’t just a white people problem, it’s not just a rural problem, this is a problem in all communities. Overdoses are increasing, and I want the Latino community to know that they and their loved ones could become victims of the opioid epidemic like anybody else. Number two, use these tragedies to have a deeper discussion about health in your communities, to talk about housing, about employment,” said Adams in an interview with MundoHispánico.

    In an interview with MundoHispánico in 2016, Pierluigi Mancini, founder and former director of CETPA, explained that through a medical directive put into practice in the 1990s, which required medical staff in emergency rooms to ask patients their pain level, the number of narcotics prescriptions, such as morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone skyrocketed.

    “At the end of the 90s we began seeing an increase in medical clinics with the sole objective of selling narcotic prescriptions,” said Mancini.

    In 2010, however, after the number of opioid addicts and overdose deaths shot up, the government decided to shut down clinics where people could easily obtain narcotics.

    “In those 25 years, we created a group of people addicted to opium and to narcotic pain medications, and, since they no longer had a clinic to go and get their prescription, and that drug was no longer as available in the streets like before, we began seeing an increase in the consumption of heroin, with lower prices,” added Mancini.

    The face of the opioid crisis is getting increasingly younger. The majority of users are between 18 and 25 years old, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

    However, those who work with youth say they are seeing more addicts who are younger than 18.

    Plazas says that Hispanic teenagers do not have to go far to find these pills.

    “Hispanics tend to hold on to medications in case we ever need them again,” explained Plazas, who emphasized the importance of properly disposing of these drugs, in designated locations.

    “Many of these places are in police departments. Some people are nervous to go to police stations, but don’t worry, we’re just trying to get people to get rid of drugs they no longer need at home, and obviously if you don’t want to go to the police station, I know that some pharmacies such as Walgreens or CVS also have drop boxes,” said Plazas.

    Reyes, for his part, must take these medications daily due to his health problems, but he asks himself why young people would risk their lives using narcotic drugs without a medical necessity to do so. He has a strong message for those who think a pill won’t do them any harm.

    “You can say, ‘that’s not going to happen to me, I just have a little bag with two or three pills. It’s to keep me alert. I have exams.’ It will grab hold of you like a pitbull. It’s going to destroy your mind. It’s going to destroy your body. It’s going to destroy everything. It’s very ignorant for a person to say, ‘that won’t be me. I’m not going to let that happen, because I’m in control.’ Sooner or later, and very easily, it’s going to control you,” assured Reyes.

    Find medication drop box locations takebackday.dea.gov/

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