Morning Roundup: Dec. 6, 2018

By The Fix staff 12/06/18

Illenium discusses his past addiction, 12 pounds of meth found inside candy waffle cones at airport, former ANTM contestant Jael Strauss passes away at 34. 

EDM artist Illenium discussed the overdose that pushed him to get sober in a new video.
EDM artist Illenium discussed the overdose that pushed him to get sober in a new video. Photo via YouTube

Former America's Next Top Model Alum Jael Strauss, An Addiction Advocate, Passes Away [New York Post]

The America's Next Top model alum battled meth addiction before becoming sober. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer two months ago and passed away on December 5. She was 34 years old.

Illenium Opens Up About Past Addiction []

The EDM deejay got candid about the overdose that led him to get sober. In an installment for Vevo Originals titled "Illenium - Three Thoughts on Addiction" the Denver DJ/producer spoke about how music gave him a community that helped him during his recovery.

Infection May Raise The Risk Of Mental Illness In Children [NPR]

New research shows a connection between certain infections and schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. Infections like bronchitis could put children and adolescents at higher risk for these mental illnesses. 

Officials Eye How Drugs Got To Death Row Where Inmates Died [Bristol Herald Courier]

Two more death row inmates from San Quentin passed away from possible drug-related causes in the California prison. Officials are investigating how the contraband entered the prison and got into the hands of the inmates. 

Nearly 12 Pounds Of Meth Found Inside Candy Waffle Cones [WGNO]

Twelve pounds of meth was found inside a food shipment at a Texas airport. Officers confiscated five bags of meth which were reportedly worth $40,000. “This seizure is particularly meaningful as the narcotic filled candy could have ended up in the hands of children,” said Houston Area Port Director Raymond S. Polley.

The Incredibly Unpopular Idea That Could Stem Opioid Deaths [Washington Post]

A new op-ed suggests making "safe, reliable doses of opiates" available for people with opioid use disorder who aren't ready to quit. The author suggests expanding access to methadone clinics and buprenorphine. A lack of access to medication-assisted treatment is an ongoing issue that could stem the tide of the opioid crisis.

How Alcohol Plays A Role In Weight Loss For Diabetes Patients [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing explored the role of alcohol intake and whether it influences weight loss in individuals with Type 2 diabetes. “Patients with Type 2 diabetes who are trying to lose weight should be encouraged to limit alcohol consumption,” said the lead researcher.

Is America Ready For Prescription Heroin? [NPR]

A new analysis from policy think tank, the Rand Corporation makes the case for bringing pharmaceutical-grade heroin to America. The think tank suggests that the treatment could be beneficial for long-time heroin users who have not had luck with other forms of treatment. 

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