Morning Roundup: June 24, 2019

By The Fix staff 06/24/19

Raw sewage analysis: marijuana use went up after legalization, tracking meth and heroin addiction, hospitals are missing link in easing opioid crisis.

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Meth in the Morning, Heroin at Night: Inside the Seesaw Struggle of Dual Addiction [NPR]
Researchers who have tracked drug use for decades believe the new meth crisis got a kick-start from the opioid epidemic. Across the U.S., more and more opioid users say they use methamphetamine as well.

Elton John and Bob Weir's Recovery Routes Are Closer Than They Seem [Filter]
One an apparent poster-boy for rehab and abstinence, the other openly rejecting 12-step tenets. But are they really so different?

How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your System? We Asked an Expert. [Health.com]
The director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism explains just how long it takes your body to rid itself of alcohol.

Drug, Alcohol Deaths Soar After Weight-Loss Surgery [WebMD]
A new study offers some sobering news about weight-loss surgery. People who undergo this procedure are "three times more likely" than the general population to die from drug- or alcohol-related causes.  

Hospitals Are a Missing Link in Easing the Opioid Crisis [STAT News]
Nearly half a million people with opioid use disorders are hospitalized each year in the U.S. Our national failure to treat opioid addiction in the hospital setting is costing lives and wasting valuable resources.

Drug Addicts Getting Clean in Kitchen of WA's Fresh Start Recovery Program [ABC]
"The life of recovery is thinking outside of yourself, thinking how you can serve the community." Here, engaging in meaningful work and building skills are the key to maintaining lasting recovery.

Testing of Sewage Confirms Rise in Marijuana Use [ABC News]
An analysis of raw sewage confirmed that marijuana use increased in Washington state after it first established legal marijuana retailers in 2014.

One Man's Story & How a Milwaukee Health Center Helps Him Stay Sober [WUWM]
Luis Lopez found help from one program that is geared toward people like him. "On the one hand there's a lot of things that I regret, but the thing I most regret in my life is having tried drugs in the first place." 

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