Morning Roundup: Apr. 4, 2019

By The Fix staff 04/04/19

NASCAR driver apologizes for failed drug test, Boston Bulldogs running club supports addiction-recovery, cities/states expand substance use disorder treatment options.

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LA Skid Row Artists Perform Stories of Their Close-Knit Community [Hyperallergic]
The Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) is selling tickets for its newest production. The theater troupe, founded in 1985, was the first arts program for homeless people in LA. 

The Boston Bulldogs Are Part Running Club, Part Sobriety Group [Boston Globe]
The Boston Bulldogs running club has addiction-recovery at the heart of its mission. The Boston Globe speaks with its 70-year-old founder about how he came to build the 200-member club.

15 Arrested in South Florida Kickback Scheme [Sun Sentinel]
A South Florida drug testing lab and 10 treatment facilities conspired to commit insurance fraud, according to a local prosecutor. The arrests are the result of investigations by the Sober Homes Task Force.

Safety Net Health Program To Offer Addiction Treatment to Uninsured St. Louisans [St. Louis Public Radio]
A state-sponsored health care program for poor and uninsured people in St. Louis will soon cover treatment for substance use disorder. The program covers nearly 20,000 people in St. Louis County who do not qualify for Medicaid. 

Austin Wayne Self Apologizes for Failed Drug Test, NASCAR Explains Process [NBC Sports]
NASCAR driver Austin Wayne Self has been suspended indefinitely from the sport after failing a random drug test. He apologized to fans this week, without revealing which drug landed him the suspension.

'NarcoLogic' Computer Model Shows Unintended Consequences of Cocaine Interdiction [Science Daily]
A computer model illustrates how drug traffickers respond to law enforcement interdiction. These efforts to stamp out drug trafficking has resulted in the "balloon and cockroach effect"—i.e., they simply relocate.

TennCare Shifts to Coverage of Longer-Term Opioid Addiction Treatment [Knox News]
Tennessee's Medicaid program is focusing more on providing access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorder. Mental health counseling is required as part of the treatment.

Japanese Musician, Actor Pierre Taki Indicted Over Cocaine Use [Japan Today]
Pierre Taki has been indicted for cocaine use; the actor allegedly inhaled a small amount of cocaine and was arrested last month. Taki's acting and music career have taken a hit from the news. 

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