Morning Roundup: Aug. 8, 2019

By The Fix staff 08/08/19

Families protest Purdue Pharma. City benches encourage conversations about mental health. From corporate lawyer to sleeping on the street.

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Perspective: Mental Health Stigma No Way to Fight Bigotry in US [Human Rights Watch]
"People with actual or perceived mental health conditions are among the most stigmatized and marginalized in the U.S. Trump's remarks do them a further disservice by using them as scapegoats for a serious problem in the country." 

Families Say Purdue Pharma Must Be 'Held Accountable' [ABC News]
A group of more than 100 people affected by the opioid crisis gathered outside a Boston courthouse as Massachusetts' lawsuit against Purdue Pharma was being heard. "Unless you've lost a child, you don't know what that pain is like." 

How City Benches Are Encouraging Conversations About Mental Health [Good Morning America]
From Zimbabwe to NYC, Friendship Benches are encouraging conversation about depression, anxiety, and more. By providing a space to be heard, proponents say the benches are good for people's overall mental health.

Decline in Opioid Deaths Is Tied to Growing Use of Overdose-Reversing Drug, CDC Says [LA Times]
The number of naloxone prescriptions doubled from 2017-2019, the CDC reported. "One could only hope that this extraordinary increase in prescribing of naloxone is contributing to that stabilization or even decline of the crisis."

Perspective: How I Went from Corporate Lawyer to Sleeping Rough [Guardian]
"I am often asked what made me choose to live on the street... What would cause anyone to empty their pockets of all identification and leave to sleep on the streets of Sydney? But I was sick, very sick and with no capacity to make logical decisions."

How Colorado's Rural Education Network Went from Teaching Home Economics to Fighting the Opioid Epidemic [Colorado Sun]
CSU Extension, whose mission it is to strengthen communities through practical education, will build on its relationship with the community to bring drug education to Coloradans.  

As Scotland's 'Trainspotting' Generation Ages, the Dead Pile Up [NY Times]
"He found that heroin, cruel to the young, is even less forgiving with age." Scotland and its drug problem, and the toll on physical and mental health that come with it.

Rural Pennsylvanians Have Nearby Access to Opioid Treatment, But Still Travel Far to Receive It [UPMC]
Rural Pennsylvania Medicaid enrollees diagnosed with opioid use disorder are driving an average of four times as far as their nearest prescriber to receive medication-assisted treatment.

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