Morning Roundup: Dec. 20, 2018

By The Fix staff 12/20/18

Selena Gomez reportedly completes mental health treatment program, Surgeon General declares youth vaping an "epidemic," Lil Xan says "he's out of rehab and sober."

Selena Gomez

Lil Xan Says He's Out Of Rehab And Sober [Complex]

The popular Soundcloud rapper took to Twitter after a recent rehab stint to announce that he is sober. Lil Xan's girlfriend announced that the rapper had entered rehab in November.

New Study Finds That Marijuana Can Reprogram Sperm Genes [The Verge]

New research published in the journal Epigenetics revealed that regular marijuana use can change the way genes work in sperm cells. The pilot study originally intended to find out whether marijuana has an effect on genetics. 

Addiction Doctor Bought Drugs on Dark Web, Prosecutors Say [Buffalo News]

The doctor reportedly waived his Miranda rights, revealing that he had purchased cocaine and heroin on the dark web using cryptocurrency. He allegedly said he purchased drugs on the dark web seven times.

Selena Gomez Has Reportedly Completed Mental Health Treatment Program [Cosmopolitan]

According to sources close to the pop star, she has completed her mental health treatment program that she entered in October. Her friends told People, “She’s feeling much better and looking forward to getting back to normalcy. She’s spending time with friends and family.”

Opioids May Help Chronic Pain But Not Much [WebMD]

A new review analyzed 96 clinical trials and determined that opioid painkillers only work slightly better than placebos. Lead researcher of the review said, "Opioids should not be a first-line therapy for chronic, non-cancer pain."

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams Declares Youth E-Cigarette Use An "Epidemic" [CNBC]

The Surgeon General issued a statement about teen vaping on the heels of the release of Monitoring The Future survey results. "We already have a half-century showing us evidence-based strategies that work to prevent youth tobacco use. However, the times have changed, and so must we. It's critical that we now apply these proven strategies to e-cigarettes, including USB flash drive-shaped products, such as Juul, the product I just showed you."

Man Caught With $2.5 Million In Cocaine [Daily Herald]

The man is being charged with the "manufacture or delivery of more than 900 grams of a controlled substance."

Walmart Shoplifting Call Leads To Heroin Distribution Charge In Drug Operation [The State]

Authorities were investigating a shoplifting call at Walmart discovered that the woman accused of shoplifting had an outstanding warrant. She was arrested on one count of heroin distribution, which was the 13th arrest in a months-long narcotics investigation.


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