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U.S. Opioid Crisis Best Viewed as Connected Ecosystem; Changing Policymakers’ Approach Can Aid Solutions

March 16, 2023 – The nation’s opioid crisis, which kills thousands of Americans annually, is best viewed as an ecosystem where all parts of the vexing problem are interconnected, underscoring the need for holistic solutions that address the broad needs of those with substance use disorders, their families, and the communities where they live, according […]

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Evidence About Effects of Gun Policies Grows and Supports Laws Intended to Restrict Child Access to Guns

January 10, 2023 – There is now supportive evidence that child-access-prevention laws reduce firearm homicides and self-injuries among youth, and that shall-issue concealed-carry laws and stand-your-ground laws increase levels of firearm violence, according to a new RAND Corporation report. The findings are part of a new report updating RAND’s Science of Gun Policy research synthesis, which reviewed the […]

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Report: Traditional U.S. Approaches to Middle East Not Working

February 23, 2021 – U.S. policies in the Middle East are built on outdated “legacy” aid packages, massive arms sales, and a disproportionate focus on the Iranian threat that fail to advance American interests—or help the region’s people—and need to be rethought, according to a new RAND Corporation report. The United States devotes an overwhelming share […]

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Seismic safety upgrades may cost CA hospitals billions

March 28, 2019 – California hospitals would need to make substantial investments—between $34 billion and $143 billion statewide—to meet 2030 state seismic safety standards, according to a new RAND Corporation report. After the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, in which 11 hospitals were damaged, and eight were evacuated, the state adopted SB1953, which aims to improve hospital […]

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Truth Decay: Declining trust in facts, institutions imposes real-world costs on US society

Jan. 16, 2018 – Americans’ reliance on facts to discuss public issues has declined significantly in the past two decades, leading to political paralysis and collapse of civil discourse, according to a RAND Corporation report. This phenomenon, referred to as “Truth Decay,” is defined by increasing disagreement about facts, a blurring between opinion and fact, […]

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