Morning Roundup: Aug. 21, 2019

By The Fix staff 08/21/19

Poetry contest winner: Breaking My Mother's Addiction. Police respond to 'Ain't no laws when you're drinking claws.' Australian women duped into drug smuggling schemes by dating site suitor.

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Bike Ride and Barbecue to Connect People Recovering from Substance Use Disorder [Madison.com]
A bike-loving community is coming together to connect people in recovery with food, fellowship and a 3-mile bike ride. "Connection beats addiction. Connection is the difference between addiction and active recovery."

What is Sober September? The Origin of the Monthlong Alcohol Reset [Bustle]
Dry January, Sober October, and now Sober September. There's a reason to skip alcohol, or your mind-altering substance of choice, for every month, it seems. #SoberSeptember emerged as a way to regroup at the end of the summer season. 

Costa Rica Tainted Alcohol Death Toll Rises to 25 [USA Today]
The number of people poisoned to death by tainted alcohol in Costa Rica has increased to 25. A total of 59 people have been hospitalized for the same reason. They ranged in age from 32 to 72 years old.

Man Who Gave Seriously Ill Partner Heroin in 'Mercy Killing' Jailed for At Least 10 Years [Guardian]
Despite a judge accepting that Robert Ronald Cooper performed a "mercy killing" by giving a fatal dose of heroin to his ailing partner Donna Green, he will spend at least a decade incarcerated. "He made an agonizing decision."

Perspective: You Can Be Happy Whether Your Child Is Sober or Not [Thrive Global]
"Living in the past or the future steals your joy from today." Focusing too much on a future where your child is sober does not serve you, says a certified life coach. Instead take time to enjoy life moment by moment, not letting the possible future distract you from the present.

Portland Police Debunk Seltzer Saying 'Ain't No Laws When You're Drinking Claws' [CBS Boston]
Police in Portland, Maine responded to the saying, "Ain't no laws when you're drinking claws," referring to White Claw Hard Seltzer. "To clear the air, here in Portland, laws still apply even when you're drinking claws. RT to keep your 'bros' out of trouble," they tweeted.

Poetry Contest Winner: Breaking My Mother's Addiction [Chronicle of Social Change]
The winning entry of the 2019 Words Unlocked poetry contest. "I know if I break the cycle, then through me, her addiction won't last forever."

Online Romance Scam Duped Australian Mother in Drug-Smuggling Nightmare [ABC]
Two Australian women did not expect to find themselves in the middle of a drug trafficking scheme when they met "Precious Max" while searching for a love connection online. The unsuspecting women both ended up in jails, facing drug charges.

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