Morning Roundup: Aug. 12, 2019

By The Fix staff 08/12/19

On 27th sober birthday, 27 straight hours of running. Young men sentenced for leaving drunk friend to die. Kelly Osbourne celebrates 2 years of sobriety.

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Georgia Southern QB Has Charges Dropped After Cops Mistook Bird Poop for Cocaine [Deadspin]
Shai Werts, starting QB for Georgia Southern University, was telling the truth when he told police officers during a traffic stop that the white substance on the hood of his car was bird poop, not cocaine. Werts was pulled over for speeding at the time.

Kelly Osbourne 'Overwhelmed with Gratitude' as She Celebrates 2 Years of Sobriety [People]
Kelly Osbourne has reached her two year sober anniversary, which she celebrated Friday. "I can't even put into words how much my life has changed over the last 2 years."

UVM Gets Federal Funds for 'Center on Rural Addiction' [Vermont Public Radio]
Vermont, New York and Georgia were chosen to receive federal funding to tackle opioid abuse in rural areas. The University of Vermont will use the money to establish the UVM Center on Rural Addiction.

Charlie Engle Just Ran 27 Hours Straight to Celebrate 27 Years of Sobriety [Runner's World]
For two years now, Charlie Engle has run one hour for every year of his recovery on his sober birthday. This year being his 27th sober birthday, Engle ran 27 hours straight.

Depression Is the Largest Factor for Substance Use During Pregnancy, Research Finds [CBC]
Depression is the primary risk factor for cannabis, tobacco and alcohol use during pregnancy, according to new research. It beat out education, age or income as predictors of substance use during pregnancy.

Young Men in Upstate New York Sentenced for Leaving Drunken Friend to Die [NBC News]
Two men, ages 22 and 17, were convicted of criminally negligent homicide for leaving their "highly intoxicated" friend to die on his grandmother's front lawn. The men were sentenced to prison on Thursday.

Opinion: Vaping and Anxiety Twin Plagues for Modern Teenagers [Deseret News]
How are vaping and anxiety related? This op-ed explores the "vortex" of anxiety and depression that many young people find themselves in today, and the role that nicotine and e-cigarettes play in coping with stress.

Mike Pence Announces $9 Million in Grants to Combat Kentucky Opioid Crisis [Courier Journal]
Kentucky will receive more than $9 million to help fight opioid abuse in the state. The money, provided by the federal health department, will go toward expanding treatment for mental health or substance use disorders.

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