CARL AZUZ: America's opioid crisis gets a lot of attention in the media, including on our show. But a new health report from the University of Washington points to alcohol as being more deadly. While 72,000 Americans die a year from opioid overdoses, an estimated 88,000 die from alcohol related problems like liver cirrhosis, cancer and suicide. Over a 10 year period, alcohol related deaths increased among men by 29 percent and women by 67 percent.
And though drinking deaths among teenagers actually decreased in the years studied, they went up for adults aged 45 to 64. According to USA Today, researchers say work-related stress, strain on working mothers and loneliness, tied to social media are some reasons why. The findings are based on a new analysis of statistics from 2007 to 2017.
Virginia is the birthplace of eight presidents. And Virginia is one of the two states where e-commerce company Amazon is planning to install its HQ2, its second headquarters. The company is based in Seattle, Washington. It announced plans for a second base more than a year ago. After a nationwide competition between cities to attract Amazon, the company announced that New York City and Crystal City, Virginia would be the two places where Amazon's new homes would be. In total they offered $2.8 billion in incentives to Amazon but that figure could go higher.