Morning Roundup: Aug. 14, 2019

By The Fix staff 08/14/19

How Steve-O stayed sober since 2008. Ohio gives tax breaks to drug companies it's suing. 21 sober first date ideas.

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Noel Gallagher Labels Eminem 'Boring' For Writing Songs About Rehab [Missoulian]
The former Oasis singer isn't impressed by rapper Eminem's turn with sobriety. "Er, he is one of those guys that goes into rehab and then they sing about it for the next 20 years."

Ohio Sues Opioid Makers, Distributors While Giving Them Large Tax Breaks [Columbus Dispatch]
A tax break worth more than $4 billion since 2006 has gone, in large part, to companies that manufacture or distribute prescription drugs including opiates. Despite being sued by the state of Ohio, the companies continue to enjoy the large tax breaks.

21 Sober First Date Ideas Where Your Personality Can Really Shine [Bustle]
Sober and nervous about dating new people? You're not limited to grabbing drinks at a bar. Here's a list of activities you can explore on a first date that won't have you craving something else to break the ice.

An Ex-Convict Got a Construction Job, But Not Everyone Was Happy [NY Times]
Union officials aren't keen on the growing non-union construction labor force, some of whom needed a job after leaving prison. They are the "poster child of exploitation," union officials say of their competition. 

It's the Go-To Drug to Treate Opioid Addiction. Why Won't More Pharmacies Stock It? [NPR]
Access to buprenorphine is still a significant issue for people seeking opioid recovery. A number of issues have contributed to the difficulty in accessing this drug, which is considered the gold standard of medicine for opioid use disorder.

Recovering Meth Addict Now Leading Program That Helped Him Heal [CBC]
Todd Lange is "Leading Change" for people trying to overcome addiction to crystal methamphetamine. "I want to take what I learned and be able to help somebody with it because I don't think anyone should have to go through what I went through."

The Trump Administration Wants to Make It Harder for Unemployed Workers to Get Benefits [Vox]
A new rule being considered by the White House would expand the number of people who must pass a drug test to receive unemployment benefits. Civil rights advocates say this policy would disproportionately impact poor, low-skilled workers.

How Steve-O Got Sober...And Stayed Sober [Loudwire]
Jackass star Steve-O reflects on the "disaster" that was his life before sobriety, and how he's held on to his recovery since 2008. "Certainly, I've had plenty of periods of discomfort. It's always pretty scary, but you've just gotta stay plugged in and do the deal."

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