Were you part of the rollerblading craze of the ’90s? Although more than 20 million Americans were skaters, that number dwindled to a mere 1.7 million in 2015. Why did it die down? Aside from being a difficult and discouraging sport for newcomers, it might be due to the demographic shift in skaters; more and more middle-aged people are taking up the sport, apparently making it ‘uncool’ to the younger generation.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here