Morning Roundup: June 3, 2019

By The Fix staff 06/03/19

More Canadians hospitalized for drugs/alcohol than heart attacks/stroke, fentanyl and heroin claim life of 1-year-old baby in the Bronx, does charging people with "drug-induced homicide" actually deter drug use?

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Opinion: Treating OD Deaths Like Murder Will Only Deter 911 Calls for Help [Philly Inquirer]
Charging people with "drug-induced homicide" is becoming more prevalent amid the opioid crisis. However, the Inquirer Editorial Board argues, "there is reason to believe" that this would only discourage people from calling 911 in the event of an overdose.

New Jersey Sues Sackler Family for Opioid Epidemic [CNN]
A lawsuit filed last Thursday by the state of New Jersey names 8 members of the Sackler family. "They've made millions off the backs of patients that became addicted," said state attorney general Gurbir S. Grewal.

The Opioid Crisis in the Bronx Claims Tiny Victim: 1-Year-Old [NY Times]
Darwin Santana-Gonzalez died after ingesting a deadly mixture of fentanyl and heroin. His mother has been charged with murder.

'Gold Rush': Cannabidiol Industry Booms Amid Uncertain Regulation [NPR]
A lot of money is at stake in the expanding CBD industry. While regulation of the cannabis compound is still catching up to the booming industry, CBD is being sold in oils, lotions, gummy candy, lip balm and even water.

Community Garden in Nampa Is Helping Transform a Neighborhood in Need [Idaho News]
A public garden is providing a community impacted by drugs and violence with nutritious food and a place to meditate and heal. The same organization running the garden also has a sober living home nearby.

More Canadians Hospitalized for Alcohol and Drugs Than Heart Attacks, Strokes: Study [CTV News]
A new report revealed the true extent of Canada's drug problem—more people are hospitalized for alcohol or drug-related ailments than for heart attacks and strokes combined. Alcohol was the main cause for substance-related hospitalization.

New Mural in Downtown Wausau Will Highlight Addiction, Hope of Recovery and Let People Paint [Wausau Daily Herald]
People from a local recovery center participated in a community mural project aimed at ending the negative stigma against addiction. And this summer, the public can add to the painting during community "paint days."

Colorado's Opioid Crisis Slows, In Part Because of a Drug That Reverses Overdoses [Colorado Public Radio]
"Narcan is life in a jar. Without Narcan, (there would) be a lot of wasted lives." In Colorado, naloxone, the opioid overdose-reversing drug, was administered about 5,000 times in 2018.

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