Morning Roundup: Aug. 15, 2019

By The Fix staff 08/15/19

Lawmaker targets "infinite scroll" to combat social media addiction. Penn State drop-out in recovery excels in social work. English drug user who started destructive train station fire sentenced.

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Police: Man Posted 'Kill Your Local Heroin Dealer' with a Name and Address [Cincinnati Enquirer]
A 35-year-old man has been charged with a misdemeanor for posting a woman's name and address online with the phrase: "Kill your local heroin dealer." He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Republican Senator Pushes Bill to Curb Social Media Addiction [NPR]
A Missouri senator has introduced legislation that would require monitoring of social media users' activity and outlaw certain features (like "infinite scroll") that encourage spending more time on platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

After Overcoming Addiction, Student Finds Purpose Through Penn State [Penn State News]
The inspiring story of a woman who put her education on pause in the midst of a drug use disorder, and how she used her experience to return to higher education, in recovery, to complete her degree and pursue social work. 

Report: Religion and Drinking Alcohol in the U.S. [Gallup]
Gallup explores how religion relates to drinking behavior. Not surprisingly, a significant percentage of the "devoutly religious" (those who are in church every week) abstain completely from alcohol.

Dear Abby: My Addict Boyfriend Relapsed on Drugs and Probably Cheated [Chicago Sun Times]
"I was sure he was seeing another woman or taking drugs because he is an ex-addict." Can this woman's relationship with "Rocko" be repaired?

Key Congressional Chairman Sends Marijuana Email to NORML Activists [Forbes]
"I'm proud to work with NORML to create a more just national marijuana policy," wrote Rep. Jerrold Nadler to NORML supporters. The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee recently filed legislation to effectively legalize marijuana.

Meth 'Has Come Back With a Vengeance' in Colorado [Colorado Public Radio]
In Denver, methamphetamine is a larger problem than heroin and cocaine, police say. The drug is as available, potent, and affordable as ever in this region.

Heroin Addict Jailed for Causing £5.6 Million Fire at a Train Station [Guardian]
A woman who caused $6.7 million in damage to a train station in the English city of Nottingham received her prison sentence on Tuesday. The 34-year-old "heroin and crack cocaine addict" started a fire in the station in January 2018.

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