Andrew Villegas

Andrew Villegas helps with production and social media at Side Effects. He covered politics in Colorado before moving to Washington, D.C., to work as a reporter then an editor at Kaiser Health News. He is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Colorado and does other freelance consulting and editing. He lives in Louisville, KY.

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If you’re like millions of other Americans, when a big event happens –a  shooting, a disease outbreak, a contentious election –you scour the internet to make sense of what’s going on.

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Scott County, Indiana, was hammered in spring 2015 with an outbreak of HIV spread by intravenous drug users sharing needles. It was a wake-up call for the county about its opioid problem, an epidemic playing out in similar places all over the United States.

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This week - A former addict now spends his days helping others instead of chasing the next high. His story in photos. ... Every year in the U.S., 30,000 die from guns. Is it time to label the problem a public health crisis? ... Call in the cuddles to help these babies born physically dependent on drugs. ... These and more ...

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This week - Opioid addiction isn't just a young person problem. ... Not smoking pot around your kids is a no-brainer, right? Not for some. ... A Jeopardy! winner with terminal cancer wins big and donates it to charity. ... These and more ...

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This week - The surgeon general wants to help America face up to its addiction problem. Can a late-night taco and a chat with their friendly neighborhood paramedic help bridge the gap for people with mental illnesses? ... Food policy under a President Trump ... These and more ...