China and Canada continue diplomatic spat over Canadian drug dealer sentenced to death by China, FedEx pays $35 million settlement for knowingly shipping cigs to NY, Minnesota mayor drives school bus drunk on a Thursday afternoon.

China condemns Trudeau’s remarks about Canadian’s death sentence [Reuters]
The diplomatic spat between China and Canada continues over Canadians detaining a Huawei executive and China reopening a case of a Canadian drug dealer in response.

House Democrats launch drug-pricing probe into a dozen major health-care companies [CNBC]
Dems use their House majority to investigate why prescription drug prices are as high as they are.

Billions up in smoke: The huge amount Australians spend on cigarettes [News.com.au]
Australians spend a whopping $14 billion ($10 billion USD) on smoking, according to experts. Kicking the habit could be a plus for citizens’ budgets.

FedEx Agrees to Pay $35 Million to Settle Cigarette-Shipment Lawsuits [The Wall Street Journal]
The company stands accused of knowingly shipping hundreds of thousands of cigarettes to smugglers avoiding taxes in New York. They’ve been made to pay for turning a blind eye.

Meth’s resurgence highlights lack of meds to combat addiction [ABC]
As the opioid epidemic overshadows everything else in the mental health field, other addictions continue to grow away from the public eye.

Wait times for addiction treatment rise as mental health funding drops (in Canada) [CBC]
Canadians are waiting longer than ever for addiction treatment due to a lack of mental health funding in the country.

Even a little marijuana may change teen brain, study finds [NBC]
Young minds are proving to be particularly susceptible to marijuana, which could negatively impact the development of learning and memory.

Mayor of Minnesota town caught attempting to drive a school bus drunk [City Pages]
At 3:00 P.M. on a Thursday, a Minnesota town’s newly elected mayor drove a van-sized bus drunk to an elementary school. 

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