Morning Roundup: Dec. 19, 2018

By The Fix staff 12/19/18

Elizabeth Vargas details alcoholism recovery, FDA advisors recommend that doctors prescribe naloxone alongside opioid prescriptions and people in recovery give thanks to first responders. 

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Elizabeth Vargas Opens Up About Recovery From Alcoholism [NBC News]

The former 20/20 anchor discussed her past battle with alcohol use disorder and her subsequent recovery. “Even those of us who manage to be very highly functioning in every other aspect of our lives - it’s because we’re perfectionists and we work so hard at it. But we’re keeping this terrible dark secret inside of us, and it eats away at you.”

Russia Is Punishing People For Helping Drug Users [Vice]

A harm reduction in Moscow is being fined for publishing tips in a newsletter on how to safely use bath salts. A Moscow court calls the newsletter "drug propaganda and the group is being fined 800,000 rubles.

Recovering Addicts Thank First Responders [ABC 27]

A group of people in recovery partnered with treatment centers to celebrate the hard work of first responders with a celebratory dinner. People in recovery gave speeches showcasing the difference that first responders made in their lives.

Early Postpartum Opioids Are Linked To Persistent Use Thereafter [News Channel 5 Nashville]

A new study in the journal Gynecology has revealed that women who fill prescriptions for opioid medication in their early postpartum period are more likely to develop a dependency on opioids.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Just Made Marijuana Legalization A Top Priority [Vox]

Governor Cuomo finally addressed marijuana legalization by throwing his support behind making it a reality in a recent speech. During the speech which outlined his "top priorities" for his first 100 days in office, the governor said, “Let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana, once and for all.”

Vanderpump Rules Star Lala Kent Reveals She Is Sober [People]

Kent revealed to People that she is 50 days sober. She also discussed in detail the turning point that made her realize her drinking was problematic. 

Junk Food Diet Raises Risk Of Depression [Medical Xpress]

New research suggests that eating highly inflammatory foods raises your risk of depression by 40%. Researchers analyzed data from existing studies that focused on the connection between depression and heavily inflammatory diets.

FDA Panel Backs Prescribing Opioid Antidote Alongside Painkillers [Washington Post]

In a 12-11 vote, a panel of advisers to the FDA are now recommending that labels on opioid prescriptions urge doctors to prescribe naloxone with the pain meds.

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