Morning Roundup: June 14, 2019

By The Fix staff 06/14/19

Nevada employers prohibited from denying applicants who test positive for marijuana, smartphone "addiction" surveys don't reflect actual usage, radio host in recovery relates to Elton John in Rocketman.

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Float for recovery. Volodymyr Tverdokhlib |

Nearly 2,000 People Expected to 'Float for Recovery' in LaGrange [WDRB]
On Saturday, June 22nd, the LaGrange community will gather for the 4th annual Float for Recovery, a day of fun that will benefit a local recovery center.

Perspective: The Elton John Movie Was Full of Familiar Scenes to This Recovering Addict [Colorado Public Radio]
CPR host Vic Vela, sober since 2015, found that he could relate to Elton John at his worst—"abusing cocaine... chugging booze"—depicted in the film Rocketman. "His story is the same as mine."

I Quit Drinking and This Is How I Explain That to Dates [Elite Daily]
One comedian's experience: dating when you no longer drink. Should you tell dates ahead of time that you won't be partaking? How can you approach dating as a newly sober person?

State to Review Up To 2,700 Court Cases After Allegations of Judge's Alcoholism [Cincinnati Enquirer]
After allegations surfaced that a former judge worked while inebriated, the Ohio Public Defender's Office is seeking to reexamine any case overseen by the judge that involved prison time or other court supervision. 

Why Assumptions About 'Smartphone Addiction' May Be Based on Shaky Evidence [Forbes]
According to a new study, self-reported smartphone usage does not line up with the data showing actual smartphone usage patterns. This highlights a need for improved measurements of smartphone usage to better predict real-world behavior.

Nevada Bans Employers from Refusing to Hire Those Who Fail Marijuana Tests [CNN]
The state of Nevada, where marijuana was legalized in 2016, has passed a law prohibiting employers from rejecting job applicants for failing a marijuana screening. It is the first state to pass such a law.

Federal Grants Restricted to Fighting Opioids Miss the Mark, States Say [NPR]
Local officials point out flaws in the way anti-opioid government grants are given out. Some say the efforts are too narrowly focused, and emphasized the need to improve the way the money is distributed.

NKY Hates Heroin Keeps Fighting Epidemic. 5K Coming Up on Saturday. [Cincinnati Enquirer]
The nonprofit organization NKY Hates Heroin is hosting its 6th annual 5K in Independence this Saturday. The event raised $32,000 to support recovery in their community.

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