Morning Roundup: June 20, 2019

By The Fix staff 06/20/19

San Francisco proposal to provide free mental health care not 'fully cooked,' RHONY star Luann De Lesseps is taking life 'one day at a time,' Harvard professor traces history of psychiatric drugs.

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This School District Has a Way to Combat Vaping: Random Nicotine Tests [NY Times]
Starting in the next school year, rural students involved in extracurricular activities will be subject to random nicotine testing, after school officials noticed a steep rise in the use of e-cigarettes. 

Colombia Is the Western Hemisphere's Best Ally in the War on Drugs, President Says [CNBC]
Colombian President Ivan Duque said it is the country's "moral duty" to fight the drug war. Duque pledged to relaunch the controversial practice of aerial spraying coca fields with herbicide.

Harvard History Professor Traces Rise of Psychiatric Drugs [Harvard Gazette]
Professor Anne Harrington's new book tackles the rise of biological psychiatry. "The drug companies played an important role in amplifying the message of the new biological orthodoxy."

Study Finds California Veterans Use Cannabis to Replace Other Drugs [Mercury News]
A survey of military veterans—conducted by the VA, Harvard Medical School and UPenn—supports evidence that they prefer using cannabis in lieu of painkillers and other drugs to treat a range of symptoms such as chronic pain, anxiety and PTSD.

Mental Illness and Policing: Florida Sheriff's Office Forms Mental Health Unit [WFTV]
A new mental health unit with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office will "interact directly with people who are experiencing a mental health crisis." Initiatives like these seek to improve understanding between police officers and people struggling with mental health.

Luann de Lesseps Admits to Being 'Self-Absorbed' During Sobriety Struggle [Page Six]
The Real Housewives star discussed her ongoing battle with staying sober, saying she is focused on the future and taking everything "one day at a time." The reality TV star was arrested in Palm Beach in 2017 for allegedly attacking a police officer while intoxicated.

The 'Brutal Reality' for Alcohol-Damaged Children [BBC]
A mother described the "brutal reality" of raising her adoptive son after he was left damaged by exposure to alcohol in the womb. The 12-year-old boy has behavioral problems stemming from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Editorial: SF Mental Health Plan Is a Long Way from Fully Cooked [SF Chronicle]
The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board reviews a proposal to offer free mental health care to all San Franciscans. "It's well intentioned, it's going to be very expensive—and it's a long way from being fully cooked."

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