Morning Roundup: July 29, 2019

By The Fix staff 07/29/19

Kentucky overdose deaths decrease for the first time in five years. Mississippi to host wellness conference in August. North Carolina church council introduces harm reduction to faith community.

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What Alcohol Does to Your Body in the Short and Long Term [ABC]
Everything you need to know about alcohol—whether you drink, have a drinking problem, or are quitting booze. 

Juul Under Fire for Allegedly Hijacking Teen Anti-Smoking Curriculum [NBC News]
The popular e-cigarette company told high school students that Juul was "totally safe," according to two NYC teenagers. A Stanford University professor also alleges the company hijacked a tobacco prevention presentation to market to young people.

Mississippi State Wellness Conference Open to Colleges, Community [MSSTATE]
Registration for Mississippi's wellness conference in August is open to the general public and will address mental health, recovery, sexual assault prevention, drug and alcohol use, and more.

Report: Overdose Deaths Fall in Kentucky for the First Time Since 2013 [Courier Journal]
For the first time since 2013, fatal ODs are going down in Kentucky, a state among the worst hit by the drug crisis. A new report released by Kentucky's drug policy office showed 233 fewer drug-related deaths in 2018 than in 2017.

For Pregnant Moms with Addiction, Clinic Offers Drug Treatment and Prenatal Care [St. Louis Public Radio]
The CARE Clinic (Clinic for Acceptance Recovery and Empowerment), since opening in 2018, has provided care for opioid use disorder and high-risk pregnancies. By offering a caring and open environment, patients are given a chance to prioritize their, and their baby's, health. 

Methanol-Tainted Alcohol: Could It Happen Here? [WebMD]
Since 20 people have died in Costa Rica of suspected methanol poisoning from drinking counterfeit liquor, tainted alcohol has emerged as a global problem. A number of other countries including Norway, Turkey and Uganda have also reported methanol poisoning outbreaks.

NIH Establishes Network to Improve Opioid Addiction Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings [National Institutes of Health]
Grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health will go toward supporting research on "quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder in criminal justice settings." "Within the broader opioid epidemic, justice-involved populations are disproportionately affected by opioid use disorder."

Feature: Houses of God and Harm Reduction [North Carolina Health News]
The North Carolina Council of Churches has traveled around the state, visiting faith communities, to introduce harm reduction principles and discuss the overall drug crisis. "What we wanted to do was to encourage the faith leaders to get involved at some level."

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