Morning Roundup: Aug. 2, 2019

By The Fix staff 08/02/19

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte on life after alcohol incident. Arizona files opioid lawsuit in Supreme Court. Former Idol contestant facing minimum 10 year sentence for drug distribution.

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Ryan Lochte Talks Alcohol Rehab, 'Roller Coaster' Life as He Eyes 2020 Olympics [USA Today]
"It was getting to a point in my life where I needed a change." The Olympic swimmer said that receiving treatment for alcohol "put things in perspective." Lochte was prohibited from competing for a period of time for substance-related incidents. 

Arizona Files Novel Lawsuit in Supreme Court Over Opioid Crisis [NY Times]
The state of Arizona filed an "audacious lawsuit" in the Supreme Court. "We allege that the Sacklers have siphoned billions of dollars from Purdue in recent years. They did this while knowing the company was facing massive financial liabilities," said state attorney general Mark Brnovich.

Exclusive NYPD Data Reveals Just How Often Fentanyl is in Cocaine [Vice]
Vice obtained data showing just how much fentanyl is turning up in New York's cocaine supply. The data also showed the extent of fentanyl contamination in methamphetamine and ketamine.

Pennsylvania Legislators Considering Raising Minimum Tobacco-Buying Age to 21 [CBS Pittsburgh]
Pennsylvania could be next to raise its legal tobacco-buying age to 21. "The CDC cites that cigarete smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States."

Former 'American Idol' Contestant Pleads Guilty to Opioid Drug Ring Charges in Virginia [NBC News]
Antonella Barba, who appeared on season 6 of American Idol, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute synthetic opioids. She is facing significant prison time and is expected to receive her sentencing in November.

Clean Streets Program Supports Recovery with Opportunity to Work [WHYY]
Delaware's "Work-a-Day Earn-a-Pay" program is being expanded, offering not only work but job training, resume help, and additional support. Picking up litter is not only about keeping Delaware litter-free. "Our first day, we cleaned up about 400 heroin bags from a park."

Opinion: Most People Drink in Moderation. Here's What We Heavy Drinkers Can Learn From Them. [Guardian]
Guardian columnist Adrian Chiles on moderate drinking and the "silent majority" of people who don't "mindlessly tank it down." 

'You Remember Other Ways to Have Fun': The Loyalty Card with Free Nando's for Recovering Addicts [Guardian]
One example of how rewarding people for sticking with recovery can work. "These things allow you to have a bit of fun. It sparks something in your brain and you remember there are other ways to have fun."

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