Morning Roundup: June 13, 2019

By The Fix staff 06/13/19

Lee Daniels: 'I hate f—ing being sober,' Care Zone vans seek drug users where they're at, mental illness affects 1 in 5 people living in war zones.

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Parents' attitudes toward drinking affect kids' drinking behavior. Katie Nesling |

No Charges for Personal Drug Possession: Seattle's Bold Gamble to Bring 'Peace' After the War on Drugs [Washington Post]
Two Washington counties no longer charge people for minor drug possession. Instead of being locked up, they are offered help.

Mental Illness Affects a Fifth of People Living in War Zones [Reuters]
One in five people living in war zones suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. It's not hard to see why. The World Health Organization highlighted the long-term impact of war, and the "urgent need" for mental health interventions.

The Changing Mentality About Mental Health [Ad Age]
As more marketing professionals speak up about their personal struggles, the subject of mental health is finding its way in offices and even ad campaigns. "It's a recognized problem that is exacerbated by the cutthroat nature of what we do."

Lee Daniels: I Hate F—ing Being Sober [Page Six]
In a new interview, Empire creator Lee Daniels was brutally honest about being sober. The writer, director and producer reflected on his past drug and alcohol use. "I never really even liked to drink, but I drank because my father told me if he ever saw me with a man, he would kill me."

Dark Web Drug Sellers Dodge Police Crackdowns [NY Times]
Despite cracking down on internet drug sellers "over the last six years that led to the shutdown of about half a dozen sites, there are still close to 30 illegal online markets." With each shuttered marketplace, more pop up in its place.

Parents' Lenient Attitudes Toward Drinking Linked to Greater Alcohol Use Among Children [University of Cambridge]
A study found that children whose parents had less restrictive attitudes towards their child's alcohol use were more likely to start drinking alcohol than their peers. They also drank—and got drunk—more frequently.

The Van Vs. An Opioid Addiction: Taking Treatment to the Streets [WBUR]
The Care Zone van parks every day in overdose "hot spots" throughout Boston. "We're trying to let people know we're not there to arrest them."

'Motivational Interview' May Lessen Problem Drinking in People with HIV [UCSF]
Something as simple as a 45-minute "motivational interview" and following up with people with HIV can help them reduce problem drinking. "For patients in treatment with HIV, excessive alcohol use can be especially harmful."

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