You can sense the excitement this summer, the collective feeling of relief in America after a long and grueling year. Across the country, people are closing their screens and getting outside.
And we need it. More than four in 10 American adults — and nearly six in 10 younger adults — reported that the pandemic has had a serious impact on their mental health.
Two weeks ago, a Chicago woman was found dead, bound and gagged in a West Side alley. While the details of this case remain under investigation, it brought the brutal issue of violence against women rearing back into the headlines.
In 2017, Eric Garner cried three words eleven times before being choked to death by a New York City police officer: “I can’t breathe.”
Garner’s tragic plea shook the heart of the nation with a strong blow to the Black community, and “I can’t breathe” became the battle cry of a historic movement for equal rights and protection under the law.
In the medical world, potential side effects are often an expected trade-off for the prescription drugs that help many of us lead healthy lives. Consumers are able to weigh these risks because pharmaceutical companies are required to disclose them.