Morning Roundup: July 19, 2019

By The Fix staff 07/19/19

Florida public schools to require mental health education. El Chapo sentenced to life in prison. Woman reflects on destructive relationship with the weight loss drug Phentermine.

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'El Chapo' Sentenced to Life in Prison After Calling His Trial Unjust [CNN]
Mexican drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was sentenced to life in prison, and ordered to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture. He previously claimed, "There was no justice here," referring to alleged juror misconduct.

'Spiraled to a Dark Place': I Was Addicted to the Weight-Loss Drug Phentermine for 15 Years [Health]
"There is something about phentermine that made me feel invincible." This writer's experience with the FDA-approved weight loss drug began innocently enough, but quickly spiraled into an obsession. 

Discussion: What to Call Someone Who Uses Heroin? [Science Daily]
"Addicts" or "people who use drugs"? A new study examined the importance of language from the perspective of people who use drugs. 

Perspective: Dating a Sober Partner Helps Keep My Alcohol Use in Check [Bustle]
"My bad habit of drinking wasn't much different from my bad habit of dating men who drank a lot." Quitting drinking, and quitting men who drink. 

Most Adults Favor Cutting Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes [Physician's Weekly]
A survey of over 4,000 adults revealed that a majority favored requiring lower nicotine content in cigarettes to make them less addictive. 

Florida Public Schools to Require Mental Health Classes [Local 10]
Public school students will now receive mandatory mental health education from middle school to high school. "We are going to reinvent school-based mental health awareness in Florida."

Want to Know Where the Opioid Epidemic Hit Colorado Hardest? Follow the Pills. [CPR]
Where in Colorado was prescription opioid abuse the most prevalent? The answer could be found in the DEA's recently publicized pain pill database, which allow us to see where exactly the highest concentration of pills were distributed.

JUUL: Leading the Vaping Revolution [Harvard Business Review]
A conversation about e-cigarette maker JUUL's controversial rise to the top selling spot in vaping. Harvard Business School professor Mike Toffel addresses the issue.

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