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Sydney’s unvaccinated may face social isolation when COVID lockdown ends

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New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned Sydney’s unvaccinated the state might bar them from social events. Berejiklian spoke to Seven News on Tuesday about their bleak futures following the COVID-19 lockdown.

“A lot of businesses have said they will not accept anyone who is unvaccinated,” Berejiklian said. Currently the state has strict COVID-19 restrictions, but plans to lift them December 1st.

After October 11th, pubs, cafes, gyms and hairdressers will reopen to fully vaccinated people in Sydney, and broader New South Wales. Then, more retailers and services will reopen once 80% of the adult population becomes fully vaccinated. Many are expecting Sydney to meet this goal by the end of October. Notably, they reached a first-dose vaccination rate of 80% in mid-September.

According to Seven News, there were 61,231 total cases since January 2020. Strikingly, 387 died of COVID-19 since then. As of Wednesday, there are just over 200 people receiving treatment for COVID-19 in a NSW intensive care unit. Over 1,000 are in a hospital at all.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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TN Republican introduces legislation to fight opioid shipments into U.S.

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Tennessee Republican Representative Diana Harshbarger is attempting to fight the opioid crisis and epidemic through new legislation. Introduced Friday, Harshbarger told the Daily Caller:

The Daily Caller first obtained a copy of the legislation, which addresses what Harshbarger calls a “loophole.” The legislation amends the Controlled Substances Act to specifically require registrants to investigate reports of suspicious orders of controlled substances and halt them if necessary. Under the version of the act currently in force, drug manufacturers and distributors are only required to report suspicious orders of opioids and other controlled substances to the DEA.

“Breaking the opioid epidemic’s stranglehold on our nation is one of my foremost priorities. In an effort to do so, my colleagues and I have identified a loophole that allows distributors to continue order fulfillment, even under suspicious circumstances.”

“My bill closes that loophole with the requirements and guardrails needed to ensure these addictive and potentially dangerous drugs do not fall into the wrong hands while the DEA investigates. The future of our nation depends on us solving the addiction crisis, and this is a step towards that outcome” Harshbarger continued.

The Daily Caller reports:

According to a congressional report released in September, the opioid crisis cost the U.S. $1.5 trillion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC says 93,331 people died from overdoses in the U.S. in 2020, the highest in 50 years. Opioid-related deaths made up nearly three-quarters of the total.

Pharmaceutical companies have been blamed for contributing to the opioid epidemic. The Department of Justice is currently suing the pharmaceutical company AmerisourceBergen over allegations the company failed to report suspicious orders of opioids to federal law enforcement.

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