Morning Roundup: July 15, 2019

By The Fix staff 07/15/19

Jay-Z partners up with marijuana brand. Former deputy caught planting drugs on at least 10 innocent people. UN to investigate brutal Philippines drug war.

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Former Florida Sheriff Deputy Caught Planting Drugs on At Least 10 Innocent People [Newsweek]
A 26-year-old Jackson County deputy was arrested for planting drugs and arresting innocent people on "fabricated drug charges." His victims suffered "life-changing consequences" including one individual who lost custody of his daughter. 

UN Human Rights Council To Investigate Abuses in Philippines' Drug War [NPR]
Responding to reports of brutal killings in the name of eradicating drugs in the Philippines, the United Nations Human Rights Council has decided to investigate the alleged human rights violations. A report on the issue is due in one year.

As Trump Claims Credit for Decline in Opioid Deaths, Others See Signs of Danger Ahead [STAT News]
Behind the scenes of the Trump administration's anti-opioid strategy. While Trump called a recent drop in fatal overdoses "tremendous," his administration's disjointed efforts raise concern.

Jay-Z Announces Partnership with Bay Area Marijuana Company [SF Gate]
The rapper and business mogul has entered a partnership with a San Jose-based marijuana brand as their chief brand strategist. "We want to create something amazing, have fun in the process, do good and bring people along the way." 

If You See Your Bartender Wearing This Pin, It Means They Aren't Drinking [SF Chronicle]
Bartenders participating in the Pin Project wear a metal pin as a symbol of their abstinence. The project began with one bartender who needed a visual reminder of his commitment to staying sober. 

Dramatic Video Shows Coast Guard Nabbing Suspected Drug-Smuggling Submarine [CBS News]
A raid of a "homemade" narcosubmarine was part of a larger mission to stop drug traffickers south of the border. Footage of the incident was released by the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Vape Shops Open in Two UK Hospitals to Help Smokers Kick the Habit [Guardian]
Vaping is being offered as a cigarette alternative to people at two NHS hospitals, as they attempt to stamp out smoking on hospital grounds. Security cameras and fines are also being used to deter people from lighting up.

Reckitt Benckiser Agrees to Pay $1.4 Billion in Opioid Settlement [NPR]
The U.S. government came to the largest drug industry settlement from the opioid epidemic to date with British company Reckitt Benckiser. The company denied wrongdoing but said it settled to end the investigations.

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