Morning Roundup: June 6, 2019

By The Fix staff 06/06/19
Nearly every U.S. state is suing OxyContin maker, ex-NFL star recently hit 7 years sober, the Decarceration Collective dismantles the War on Drugs inmate by inmate.
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The Decarceration Collective Fights Back in the So-Called War on Drugs [St. Louis American]
Founded in 2016, the Decarceration Collective is a coalition of people working to dismantle a system that has incarcerated non-violent drug offenders for life. So far, the collective has won the freedom of over 34 prisoners.

Nearly Every US State Is Now Suing OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma [CNBC]
With Hawaii, California, Maine and D.C. filing lawsuits against Purdue Pharma on Monday—they have brought up the number of states suing the OxyContin maker to at least 48. Prosecutors say the company's marketing practices "contributed to a public health crisis" causing "thousands of overdoses" each year.

Oregon Considers Peer-Led Centers for Sober Socializing, Support After Treatment Ends [Street Roots]
Given the success of local peer-led recovery communities, Oregon is considering a bill that would fund additional recovery community organizations in the state. The Alano Club of Portland offers more than 100 weekly meetings, meditation classes, aroma therapy, CrossFit and community dinners.

Column: Why Employment Is an Important Part of the Early Addiction Recovery Process [Burlington Free Press]
Having a job can be empowering for a person in recovery, giving them a "sense of worth and purpose that many do not have when they are active in addiction." Building self-esteem and staying busy are among the benefits of working in early recovery.

Ex-NFL Star Robert Smith Recently Marked '7 Years of Sobriety' [TMZ Sports]
Last month, ex-NFL running back Robert Smith celebrated 7 years of sobriety. "I am an alcoholic. I always have been and always will be."

Foster Care Crisis Opens Door to Second-Chance Parents [Pew Charitable Trusts]
Across the U.S., the opioid epidemic is fueling a surge of children being taken into foster care. Now some states are making it easier to reunite parents with children.

Cricket Drinking Culture Deterring British Asian Players from Getting to the Top [Telegraph]
South Asian cricket players are put off by British players' hard drinking habits, new research has observed. This is one reason the players do not find traditional British cricket clubs all that welcoming.

New Program Offers Student Debt Relief for Medical Professionals Treating Opioid Addiction [Oakland Press]
Michigan is offering student debt relief for medical professionals who provide treatment for opioid addiction. The goal is to encourage more medical professionals to offer this treatment.

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