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After animal rights protests and protracted litigation, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus began phasing out Asian elephants from the show in 2015. On January 14, the circus’ producer announced that after 146 years, they would permanently end all performances this upcoming May.
More than 33,000 people in the U.S. were killed from opioid overdoses in 2015, and in that year, for the first time, the number of deaths from heroin surpassed those from gun homicides, according to the CDC. Join us as we take a look at this increasing epidemic.