Morning Roundup: July 22, 2019

By The Fix staff 07/22/19

Clinic plans to treat PTSD with psychedelic drug therapy. Psych ward-themed escape room stigmatizes the mentally ill, advocates say. CDC releases overdose death data to mixed reactions. 

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'Psych Ward' Escape Room Is Being Asked to Discontinue by Mental Health Group [Des Moines Register]
An psych ward-themed escape room game has been deemed offensive by a local non-profit organization. Players are challenged to stop a patient that is trying to unleash a toxic chemical on the city.

U.S. Overdose Deaths Dipped in 2018, But Some States Saw 'Devastating' Increases [NPR]
Preliminary data from the CDC showed a modest decline in reported drug overdoses in 2018. However, not every state saw a decline.

New Clinic Plans to Treat Resistant PTSD with Psychedelic Drug [WHYY]
A clinic is hoping to provide MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to patients with treatment-resistant PTSD. They are awaiting FDA approval. How does this treatment work?

'Engagement and Connection': The Key to Reaching Scotland's Addicts [Guardian]
Following the release of figures revealing Scotland's shocking drug death rate, a unique "cafe-style clinic" outside of Edinburgh is a beacon of hope. The clinic has an open door policy and offers opioid substitution treatment.

Buried in Opioids, Sickened Community Eyes Drugmakers' Role [Associated Press]
The opioid crisis has touched nearly everyone in this rural Appalachian county. "How id the drugs get here, how did the pills get here, who is responsible for it?" 

Montrealer Feels 'A Survivor's Responsibility' To Talk About Mental Illness [Montreal Gazette]
This person felt a "survivor's responsibility" to share his story. "My biggest barrier was not my illness, but the stigma surrounding it."

Pain After Surgery: Addressing Emotional Trauma During Recovery [Michigan Health Blog]
Significant physical pain after surgery is often accompanied by mental and emotional distress, which often gets overlooked. The doctor can help mitigate this, by having a comprehensive conversation about the patient's recovery and being aware of their mental well-being.

Life After Jail and Off Meth Is a Slow Journey to Optimism, Says Person in Recovery [CBC]
Jason Walmsley was released from a Manitoba prison after completing a nine-month sentence for crimes related to his substance use disorder. He is now attending a residential treatment program, and agreed to share his story with close to a year of sobriety.

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