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Texas’ announced it is ending its COVID-19 restrictions. Its vaccination rate is among the lowest in the U.S., and its case numbers are still high. Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

States drop COVID-19 mask mandates but still expect people to mask up – will they?

The COVID-19 case spike in the summer of 2020 and earlier attempts to rely on personal responsibility, like wearing seat belts, showed that mandates make a difference.
California was one of the first states to enact shelter-in-place orders. Aydin Palabiyikoglu/Getty Images

California’s early shelter-in-place order may have saved 1,600 lives in one month

Four researchers studied California's shelter-in-place orders to figure out how many lives were saved by its early enactment. Here's what they found.
The Victorian government has pledged to adopt all recommendations made in the interim report of the state’s mental health royal commission. From shutterstock.com

To really fix Victoria’s mental health system, we’ll need to bridge the state/Commonwealth divide

The interim report of Victoria's mental health royal commission makes some worthwhile recommendations. But if we want to see broad-reaching system change, the state can't do it alone.
Every state bears the burden of the opioid crisis. Digital Deliverance/Shutterstock.com

Opioid epidemic may have cost states at least $130 billion in treatment and related expenses – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg

State governments are leading the charge against opioid makers over their role in the epidemic. A team of researchers at Penn State examined just how much the crisis has cost them.

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