Morning Roundup: Aug. 23, 2019

By The Fix staff 08/23/19

Arkansas mayor was once a "no good meth-head." DEA investigates Dallas nurses' overdose deaths. "Cherry Pie" video vixen reflects on recovery journey.

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Transformation: From 'No Good Meth-Head' to Mayor of Augusta [KATV]
After 20 years of using methamphetamine and other drugs, Jeff Collins' heart gave out on him. It was a dramatic end to his long-time drug use. Now with 10 years of recovery, this once "no good meth-head" was elected mayor of his hometown in Arkansas.

Opioid Overdose Deaths in Massachusetts Down 11% So Far This Year [WBUR]
The first six months of 2019 saw a decline in opioid-related deaths. While this is good news, experts say fentanyl is making it harder to keep up progress. They report that fentanyl is present in 92% of drug deaths.  

How 'Cherry Pie' Music Video Vixen Bobbi Brown Embraced Sobriety and Stand Up [Maine Edge]
Bobbi Brown is known for her iconic role in Warrant's 'Cherry Pie' music video. Now older and wiser, she reflects on her "lifelong struggle" with sobriety that came with fame and rock and roll.

DEA Investigating UT Southwestern After Nurses' Overdose Deaths [Dallas News]
The fentanyl ODs of two nurses at a Dallas hospital are being investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The nurses' deaths shed light on the hospital's history of inadequately tracking medications.  

Genre-Defying Guitarist Ryley Walker Talks Addiction and Sobriety [Inlander]
Musician Ryley Walker recently celebrated 5 months of sobriety. "I'm learning to walk again. I'm a child, filled with wonder and scared shitless, [but] I hae the tools to cope and move forward in life now."

Study May Show Why Drugs Cure Brain Disorders in Mice But Not Us [STAT News]
"Unfortunately, experimental drugs that have cured millions of mice with Alzheimer's disease or schizophrenia or glioblastoma have cured zero people." Now we know why.

On Matthew Perry's 50th Birthday, His Best Quotes on 'Friends,' Sobriety and Fame [USA Today]
Looking back on Matthew Perry's highs and lows, including battling his "big problem with alcohol and pills." "The interesting reason that I can be so helpful to people now is that I screwed up so often." 

Perspective: Addicted to Eating [BMJ]
A patient on how seeing her weight problems as a result of addiction helped her to learn new ways to manage. "I felt ashamed and baffled. Why couldn't I remedy the situation with the knowledge and willpower I knew I had?"

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