Morning Roundup: July 2, 2019

By The Fix staff 07/02/19

Former goalkeeper reflects on alcohol battle, Surgeon General denounces addiction stigma, youth orchestra raises awareness of addiction-recovery.

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Florida Picks Harm Reduction Over Politics with New Needle Exchange Law [Forbes]
On Wednesday, syringe exchange was legalized in Florida. The measure was approved unanimously in the legislature and signed by the governor in the name of reducing disease and supporting addiction-recovery.

Parents of Children with Meth Addiction Feel Left Out of Illicit Drugs Report [CBC]
Two women who have children in recovery from methamphetamine use disorder say they are in desperate need of support. "I'm suffering from trauma. I don't sleep. I've lost weight. My patience is gone." 

Free Concert Uses Music to Raise Awareness of the Opioid Crisis, Change Perception [WLOS]
"Love is the Drug"—a musical event featuring a youth orchestra and West African percussion group—took place in Asheville, NC on Sunday. The fundraiser was organized to shed light on substance use disorder and harm reduction.

The Secondhand Harms of Drinking Impact 1 in 5 Adults, Study Says [CNN]
Harassment, feeling threatened or afraid, damage of physical property, physical assault, traffic accidents or financial trouble are among the "secondhand harms" of alcohol that affect nearly 1 in 5 adults. Children were not included in this study. 

Roy Carroll: Former Goalkeeper Says He Feared Alcohol Could Have Killed Him [BBC]
The former Manchester United goalkeeper feared he was going to "end up dying" at the height of his battle with alcohol. "The drink had taken over my life, I didn't care about anybody."

What To Know About Section 35 Civil Commitment in Massachusetts [WBUR]
A closer look at Massachusetts' Section 35 law that allows the involuntary commitment of people with substance use disorder. A commission has been tasked with studying the "efficacy" of the law.

Surgeon General: 'Connect With Community' [UC Davis]
Addressing an audience at UC Davis Health last week, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams called stigma the "biggest issue" with America's addiction epidemic. "We need to normalize addiction as a disease." 

No Harsh Punishment Can Help Prevent Drug Abuse and Trafficking: UNODC Head [RT]
An interview with the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov. "When we combine both supply and demand reduction, when we act in accordance with human rights standards, in accordance with international treaties we can hope to succeed."

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