Morning Roundup: Feb. 18, 2019

By The Fix staff 02/18/19

Lunchables boxes concealed 4 pounds of cocaine, Maryland considers allowing supervised drug consumption, meth abuse linked to rising syphilis cases.

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Ohio Troopers Seize More Than 4 Pounds of Cocaine Disguised as Lunchables [WLWT]
A traffic stop yielded a stash of cocaine hidden in Lunchables boxes. The men, if convicted, could face up to 22 years in prison.

Meth Abuse Contributing to Significant Increase in Cases of Syphilis [Forbes]
CDC research suggests a correlation between rising methamphetamine use and syphilis in heterosexual men and women. Failure to visit the doctor or practice safe sex may have fueled this trend. 

7 Important Tips for Traveling While Sober and Having an Even Better Time [Self]
Planning a trip away from home? Your recovery doesn't have to be harder than it is. Carly Benson offers lessons from 10 years of living and traveling sober.  

Insurers Making It Harder to Treat Opioid Addiction [US News]
It is increasingly difficult to prescribe buprenorphine, but easier to prescribe opioid pain medication, according to a new study. This is making it harder for opioid-addicted people to recover.

Maryland Considers Safe-Injection Centers to Reduce Harm of Opioid Addiction [Frederick News-Post]
Maryland is considering legislation that would allow supervised drug consumption. Samantha Kerr testified in favor of the proposed "overdose and infectious disease prevention sites."

Four Gold Coast School Girls Rushed to Hospital After Suspected Drug Overdose [Guardian]
Ambulances were called to a high school three times in one day, responding to four teenage girls who were sickened by an unknown prescription drug. 

Dozens of Nurses' Licenses Suspended, Revoked in Western Massachusetts [WWLP]
Of the dozens of nurses recently disciplined for inappropriate behavior, a majority of them were for drug-related issues. Many of them diverted medications for their own use.

Drivers Using Prescription Opioids Twice as Likely to Trigger a Fatal Crash [Washington Post]
A new Columbia University study suggests that using opioids doubles the risk that a driver will trigger a fatal crash, regardless of whether alcohol is involved.

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