Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Former top Trump health official calls for THC vaping ban | Planned Parenthood pushes debate moderators to ask about abortion rights

Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Former top Trump health official calls for THC vaping ban | Planned Parenthood pushes debate moderators to ask about abortion rights
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Welcome to Monday's Overnight Health Care. 

The former head of the FDA says THC vaping should be banned, many Americans know someone who suffers from substance abuse, and abortion rights groups are pushing Democratic debate moderators to talk more about their issue.

We'll start with vaping...

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Former top Trump health official says THC vaping should be banned

Some pointed words Monday from former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb, who has not shied away from commenting on major issues since he stepped down from the agency last spring. 

"Hardware marketed explicitly for vaping THC oils helped popularize consumption through vaping. This vaping has dangerous consequences and should be prohibited," Gottlieb said on Twitter.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said a lung disease tied to vaping has sickened almost 1,300 people, with at least 26 deaths, as of Oct. 11. Public health officials said the majority of those people reported vaping THC products, "particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources."

Both the CDC and FDA have warned people not to use vaping products that contain THC, but there is no outright ban, as officials have not conclusively linked the disease directly to THC. 

New rules for marijuana: Gottlieb has also called for a new approach to regulating marijuana, noting in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed that a blanket ban on marijuana "is no longer politically practicable."

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The conflict between states and the federal government over marijuana legalization has allowed THC products to largely fall into a regulatory grey zone, and there's no standardized way to make sure the marijuana vaping products being sold legally in states (but illegally according to the federal government) are safe. 

More on Gottlieb's comments here.

 

 

Abortion rights groups demand debate moderators ask about abortion

Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups say the topic of abortion has largely been ignored at the Democratic presidential debates. 

As such, they're asking CNN's debate moderators to ask abortion questions at Tuesday's debate.  

"Right now, we have a president and vice president who have spent years trying to cut off access to health care," Planned Parenthood Acting President Alexis McGill Johnson wrote in an email to supporters Monday. 

"We have a Supreme Court majority that is primed to gut abortion rights. And we have state lawmakers who are hell-bent on banning abortion and shutting down reproductive health centers," she continued. "But if you watched the last two Democratic presidential debates, you wouldn't know a thing about any of that." 

Abortion was a topic of discussion during the first round of debates in June after several state legislatures passed bans on the procedure. 

But the issue has largely gone ignored in the following debates, despite polls that show voters want to hear candidates talk more about abortion and other women's health issues.  

 

Almost half of Americans have dealt with substance abuse in family: Gallup

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Nearly half of U.S. adults say that substance abuse problems have affected someone in their family, according to a new Gallup poll released Monday.

Forty-six percent of respondents said they have experienced substance abuse in their family overall, with 18 percent reporting just alcohol problems, 10 percent reporting only drug problems and 18 percent reporting problems with both, according to Gallup.

Gallup based the results on combined data from 2018 and 2019 across the firm's annual Consumption Habits survey, which it conducts each July. The results cover whether substance abuse has ever been a problem within respondents' families rather than whether it is currently.

Family problems with drinking hover at or near 35 percent across all adult age groups, according to the survey. More adults under 55 -- 31 percent -- said there has never been a problem with drug abuse in their families, compared to 24 percent of adults 55 and older who said the same.

The poll also found women are slightly more likely than men to report drug problems within their families, and that adults without a college degree are more likely, at 39 percent, to report family drinking problems than those with a degree, at 32 percent.

Read more here.  

 

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What we're reading

Democrats push Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Bloomberg, Patrick take different approaches after late entries into primary race Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE for plan to pay for Medicare for All (Wall Street Journal)

E-cigarettes went unchecked in 10 years of FDA inaction (New York Times)

Sanders heads into debate with something to prove: his health (Huffpost)

An updated guide to the changing science of flu shots (Stat)

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Patients eligible for charity care instead get big bills (Kaiser Health News)  

 

State by state

The Medicaid experiment in Arkansas: thousands lost coverage, few gained jobs (Wall Street Journal)

How Newsom's bill-signing marathon affects your health care (California Healthline)

Medicaid in NC is changing -- but not how some people want (News & Observer)