Morning Roundup: Aug. 26, 2019

By The Fix staff 08/26/19

Privacy rules for addiction patients may change under Trump. Harm reduction is failing Asian Americans. Day care specializes in babies exposed to drugs.

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How Harm Reduction Is Serving—and Failing—Asian Americans [Filter]
In the context of substance abuse and harm reduction, Asian individuals are often left out of the conversation. This has made it even more difficult, in addition to cultural barriers, for this imagined "model minority" to get help. 

Trump Administration to Relax Privacy Rules for Patients with History of Addiction [STAT News]
A proposal to relax privacy rules about patient histories of substance use disorder is intended to keep medical providers informed about patients who may be vulnerable to certain medications. But not everyone is on board.

The Machine Always Wins: What Drives Our Addiction to Social Media [Guardian]
'Social media was supposed to liberate us, but for many people it has proved addictive, punishing and toxic. What keeps us hooked?' An excerpt from The Twittering Machine by Richard Seymour.

Raphael Saadiq's 'Jimmy Lee' Album Is a Dark Meditation on Addiction [NPR]
Grammy-winning artist Raphael Saadiq's latest album Jimmy Lee is named for his older brother who died of a heroin overdose. "The record is not really about just Jimmy Lee. It's more about everybody has a Jimmy Lee in their life."

Colorado Dad Starts Non-Profit to Promote Sober Events Without Drugs or Alcohol [KRDO]
Sober AF Entertainment (or S.A.F.E.) was started by sober Colorado dad, Duke Rumely. His organization provides a sober group to go out and have fun with without drugs or alcohol.

How To Tell Your Friends You're Sober & How To Counter Hurtful Comments [Bustle]
"I wasn't passing the blame for my own behavior. I was simply owning what I saw was a problem—my problem." It may not be easy to share that you're sober, even with friends. If you're struggling with this, this article may help you.

Babies Exposed to Drugs Are Kicked Out of Other Daycares. They Come Here Instead. [CNN]
A new child care center in Huntington, West Virginia specializes in those who were exposed to drugs in the womb. There's already a waiting list. "These children just have different needs than other children."

Ben Affleck 'Is In a Great Place' 1 Year Sober: 'He Continues to Want to Be the Best Father' [People]
Actor Ben Affleck is celebrating one year sober. He is reportedly doing well in his recovery and his personal life. Last year he struggled with alcohol and ended up in a treatment program.

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