Morning Roundup: Aug. 28, 2019

By The Fix staff 08/28/19

Oregon may vote on legalizing psilocybin-assisted therapy. Seattle Mariners host first-ever Recovery Day. Louisiana expands access to evidence-based treatment.

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The Mariners host the first-ever Recovery Day. ID 68944233 © Jerry Coli |

Mariners First-Ever 'Recovery Day' Celebrates Sobriety [King 5]
The Seattle Mariners hosted its first-ever Recovery Day over the weekend. The recovery-themed game against the Toronto Blue Jays kicked off with the first pitch thrown by Brandon Johnson, who celebrated three years of sobriety. 

Johnson & Johnson Opioid Ruling Explained: The Key Points [Guardian]
A judge has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $572 million for fueling the opioid crisis. The Guardian breaks down the key points of Judge Thad Balkman's "damning 42-page decision."

U.S. Presidential Candidates on Mental Health and Addiction [PR Newswire] 
The 2020 presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, were asked about mental health and addiction in the United States. Here's what they said.

Louisiana Expands Access to Addiction Treatment [Pew Trusts]
Louisiana is working to expand access to evidence-based substance use disorder treatment, namely medication-assisted treatment (MAT). By bridging the treatment gap, the state is hoping to reach more people in need of help.

NYC Drug Overdose Deaths Decreased by 38 in 2018 [CBS New York]
According to the New York City health department, drug overdose deaths in the city decreased for the first time in eight years.

The Fight to Make Shroom Therapy Legal in Oregon [Vice]
Oregon may become the first state to legalize psilocybin-assisted therapy. Advocates are working to place the issue on the 2020 ballot.

Drug Overdoses Kill One Australian Every Five Hours [Guardian]
In 2017, there were 1,612 fatal overdoses in Australia, or one death every 5.4 hours. A new report found that the number of fatal overdoses in the country increased 38% from 2001-2017. 

The Scientific Debate Over Teens, Screens and Mental Health [NPR]
NPR explores the debate over the role of digital media (e.g. smartphones, social media) on growing levels of anxiety and depression. Is it really that simple? 

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