Washington, DC - October 26 marked National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which provided Americans an opportunity to prevent drug misuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. One of the most tangible examples of the dangers of misusing prescription drugs comes from the opioid crisis, which the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) estimates cost $696 billion in 2018—or 3.4 percent of GDP—and more than $2.5 trillion for the four-year period from 2015 to 2018. These massive costs point to the nationwide economic destruction from America’s very human “crisis next door.”

Sacramento, California - Following a statewide emergency declaration due to wildfires in Northern and Southern California, as well as the utility-directed power shutoffs that have impacted millions of residents this month, Governor Gavin Newsom today highlighted new and existing partnerships in which local, state, business and philanthropy entities are working together to assist families and businesses during these difficult times.

Washington, DC - This week, 50 international women leaders in science and technology arrived in the United States for the third-annual Hidden No More International Visitor Leadership Program.  Inspired by screenings of the award-winning film Hidden Figures at more than 120 U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, this exchange program began in 2017 to highlight and develop the important contributions of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Participants and alumni are “hidden talent” in their home countries who explore and advance policies that champion the interests of women in STEM.

Jackson, Mississippi - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers at the Port of Vicksburg/Jackson recently seized more than $4K worth of counterfeit Nike Air Max, Nike Air Jordan’s, and Balenciaga shoes from Hong Kong.

Moscow, Russia - The Special Representatives of Russia, China, and the United States of America held their fourth consultation on the Afghan peace process in Moscow on October 25, 2019.  Russia, China, the United States and Pakistan also held the second round of four-party consultations.  Respectful of the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, participants discussed ways to support the Afghan people’s desire for a lasting peace.  

Los Angeles, California - Halloween can be spooky, with more tricks than treats for homeowners. Mercury Insurance experts want to help policyholders keep themselves, their families and their belongings safe on the days surrounding All Hallows’ Eve.