Morning Roundup: July 11, 2019

By The Fix staff 07/11/19

23-year prison inmate released with clemency made the dean's list. Author takes on addiction in new young adult novel. Joe Biden praises son struggling with mental health and addiction.

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Telling the hidden stories of the opioid epidemic. ID 57702154 © Iuliia Timofeeva |

'You Don't Know What You Did For Me': Released from Prison, Now on the Dean's List [USA Today]
Danielle Metz was released after 23 years in prison for her role in her husband's cocaine distribution. She enrolled in college and made the dean's list.

A Peek Into Opioid Users' Brains As They Try to Quit [Associated Press]
"The brain responds differently to these medications than to heroin. It's not the same." Scientists are looking at the effects of medication-assisted treatment (methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone) on the brain in a groundbreaking study.

Overdosing in Appalachia [Boston Review]
"By only focusing on class, poor white Appalachians, most media reports ignore the racism, xenophobia and LGBTQ discrimination found in every aspect of the U.S. health care system." Embracing harm reduction strategies in the face of crisis-level drug abuse.

How The Opioid Settlement Could Truly Help the Addicted [WBUR]
Nearly 2,000 opioid lawsuits are pending in federal court. "While any new 'master settlement' must primarily compensate the plaintiffs for their losses, a settlement that simply moves money around, as the tobacco settlement did, has no chance at having a meaningful impact on the deeply tragic opioid crisis."

Ohio Rushing to Stop Death Blow to Economy from Regional Opioid Crisis [CNBC]
Ohio's troubles with drugs is taking a toll on the state's economy. Aside from the family trauma, emotional toll and negative impact on public health brought by the drug crisis, it is costing the state up to $5 billion each year.

Author Takes On Addiction, Class and Identity in New Young Adult Novel [WUNC]
The Rest of the Story tells the story of Emma Saylor, whose mother died of a drug overdose when she was young. "Over the last few years [author Sarah Dessen] noticed more young people showing up in [the obituaries] with no explanations about the cause of death."

SF Mental Health Workers Picket Again to Protest Patient Wait Times [SF Chronicle]
About 60 mental health workers from Kaiser, the nation's largest integrated health system, protested the company's long wait times for patients on Wednesday. This is the second time since December that they have done so.

Joe Biden Praises Son Struggling with Addiction and Mental Health [Washington Post]
"Hunter has been through some tough times, but he's fighting. He's never given up. He's the most honorable, decent person I know." Recently the former vice president's son Hunter Biden opened up about his history of substance abuse. 

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