Morning Roundup: Apr. 1, 2019

By The Fix staff 04/01/19
Sober Colton Haynes discusses downward spiral, tainted pills lead to tighter FDA regulation, university will force students to sign drug-free pledge.
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"In 10 years, there were maybe 25 days I didn’t drink." Starstock |

Opioid Overreaction: There Is a Real Crisis. But the Solution Is Flawed. [NY Times]
Has the anti-opioid response to the national drug crisis gone too far? "It's possible to reduce the horrific toll of opioid misuse and overuse without causing so much harm to [chronic pain patients]."

Testing Kit or Ban? How Universities Are Tackling Student Drug Use. [Guardian]
While the University of Buckingham is planning to "force students to sign a contract pledging not to take drugs on campus," other institutions have rejected the zero-tolerance approach.

Tainted Pills Force FDA to Tighten Drug Safety Regulations [Bloomberg]
Amid increasing reports of adulterated drugs, the FDA is planning to ramp up regulation of drug makers to ensure the safety of drug products.

Addicted Utah: Inside a Drug Testing Lab Helping Find People Who Self-Medicate [KUTV]
One lab in Utah has the technology to perform "confirmatory testing"—which is able to not only identify the drug in one's system, but also the amount down to the exact molecule.

Health Officials' Plug for Next FDA Chief: Go Big on E-Cig Regulation [Kaiser Health News]
E-cigarette use among adolescents is at "epidemic levels." As FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb prepares to leave his post, some health officials want a greater federal response to crack down on teen vaping.

As the Incarcerated Struggle with Addiction, Some States Look to Fund Drug Courts [WBUR]
Drug courts offer an alternative to incarceration for people who need help with addiction. New Hampshire advocates report that they are beginning to see results with their drug court system.

Colton Haynes Opens Up About Drug and Alcohol Addiction: 'My Brain Broke' [Huffington Post]
Actor Colton Haynes has been sober for six months after seeking treatment. He discussed in a recent interview how a series of personal events triggered a downward spiral.

Opinion: The War on Drugs Is Over. Long Live the War on Drugs. [Philly Inquirer]
In just the last few months, a billionaire drug kingpin was finally convicted and millions of dollars' worth of drugs have been seized. However, this columnist argues that our "war on drugs" approach to drug policy will never yield our desired results.

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