Morning Roundup: Feb. 21, 2019

By The Fix staff 02/21/19

Busted college student created drug-dealing smartphone app, FDA could have prevented fentanyl abuse but didn't, man goes to prison for hiding OD victim in basement instead of calling 911.

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College Student Created Smartphone App to Sell Drugs to Peers, Say Federal Prosecutors [Santa Cruz Sentinel]
A college student allegedly dealt a range of illicit drugs through a smartphone app he created himself. Undercover police purchased drugs from the student after seeing posters advertising the app around campus.

FDA, Drug Companies, Doctors Mishandled Use of Powerful Fentanyl Painkiller [Washington Post]
Safeguards that were established to prevent fentanyl from going to the wrong patients failed, according to new research. FDA and drug companies were aware of the errors, but "took no action."

Air Force Veteran in Recovery from 10-Year Drug Addiction With Help of VA Hospital Program [WCIV]
A combination of medication and therapy helped Jessica Brock achieve her "longest" period of sobriety. Her drug abuse was rooted in trauma, and eventually spun out of control. 

NJ Woman Sentenced for Using Children to Traffic Heroin [WECT]
Cherelle Hills is accused of using children to traffic heroin as part of a multi-state drug trafficking network. Crack cocaine, Suboxone, and synthetic cannabinoids were found during a traffic stop.

Man Who Hid Overdose Victim in Basement Gets Six-Year Sentence [Columbus Dispatch]
A man who left a woman for dead in a basement after she suffered a fatal drug overdose received his prison sentence this week. Instead of calling 911, Andrew Nichols hid her body away to be discovered weeks later.

ERs Often Miss Chance to Set Overdose Survivors on 'Better Path' [Kaiser Health News]
A review of Medicaid claims observed the lack of follow-up treatment for people hospitalized for opioid poisoning. Some say this is a missed opportunity to connect people to recovery support.

Former NBA, LSU Player Agrees to Pay to Avoid Jail Time on Drug Charges [WAFB]
Glen "Big Baby" Davis will pay $15,000 to avoid jail time on drug charges. The former NBA player was indicted for possession of 4 ounces of cannabis and distribution. 

Navigating Workplace Drug Testing Has Never Been More Challenging—Or More Critical [Forbes]
According to the National Safety Council, about 15 million employees struggle with substance abuse. The data shows that positive drug tests in the workforce is at its highest rate in a decade. 

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