Morning Roundup: Apr. 19, 2019

By The Fix staff 04/19/19

Mayor urges delay on opening safe injection facility, Anne Hathaway clarifies decision to remain sober, cartoonist Box Brown illustrates racist roots of American drug policy.

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Taking a break from drinking. Starstock |

Anne Hathaway on Why She's Staying Sober: 'My Last Hangover Lasted Five Days' [USA Today]
The actress clarified her decision to stop drinking—for now. "This isn't a moralistic stance."

Vancouver Program Paving the Way in Addiction Training for Health Care Workers [CBC]
A six-year-old program has become North America's largest addiction medicine training program. "If we don't invest in the training of health-care practitioners... then that information just sits on the shelf, and it doesn't get employed in the health-care system."

America's Racist War on Drugs Explored in Comics [Hyperallergic]
Philadelphia cartoonist Box Brown's comic on marijuana history and policy. "Stories of race-based cannabis-induced crime were favorites of newspaper editors. Crime stories moved papers. The more violent the better."

Philadelphia's Mayor Urges Delay on Safehouse Injection Site [WITF]
Mayor Jim Kenney is urging Safehouse to slow attempts to open a supervised injection facility in the city. The non-profit is facing more local—and federal—opposition as it has gotten closer to establishing the nation's first SIF.

'Love Island' Star Killed Herself After Mixing Drugs and Alcohol, Inquest Finds [Guardian]
The cause of death of a contestant on the reality show 'Love Island' has been determined. Sophie Gradon "took her own life by hanging" after consuming alcohol and cocaine. Her boyfriend died in the same way less than one month later. 

Study Maps Suspicious Opioid Prescribing in Massachusetts [WBUR]
A new study examines the relationship between inappropriate prescribing and overdose/death rates. Just how much of an impact does "suspicious prescribing" have?

Teens Favor Harm Reduction Over Abstinence-Only Messages—Here Are Their Four Suggestions to Parents [Filter]
Young people prefer a realistic approach to their drug and alcohol use over a zero-tolerance approach, a study has found. 

NJ Announces $3.9M to Fund Job Training in Counties Hardest-Hit by Opioid Crisis [Insider NJ]
The New Jersey labor department has awarded funding that will go toward training and support for people whose lives have been interrupted by the opioid epidemic. 

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