Organ banks around the country have noted an increasing number of organs from donors who have died of overdoses.
Before the government partially shut down on Tuesday, all eyes were on Syria.
A team of chemical weapons experts has been working in the country to dismantle Syria’s chemical arsenal.
Meanwhile, the ground fighting continues as fissures within the opposition widen.
NPR’s Deborah Amos has been reporting from the region and joins Here & Now for an update from Syria.