Morning Roundup: June 7, 2019

By The Fix staff 06/07/19

Lisa Marie Presley writes about her opioid addiction, homeless man in recovery goes back to college with free ride, sober bar opening in Montreal in July.

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Two Friends Shared Heroin in a KFC Bathroom. One Died, One Went to Prison. [Philly Inquirer]
Five years ago, Jenny Werstler was left to die in a KFC bathroom by a friend. Last month, that friend was sentenced to 21 years in prison for supplying the heroin that killed Werstler.

Lisa Marie Presley Writes About Her Opioid Addiction [CNN]
The singer-songwriter and daughter of Elvis Presley says it is "time for us to say goodbye to shame about addiction." She said she is hoping to help diminish the stigma of addiction by sharing her experience with "such a personal topic."

Perspective: An Open Letter to Anyone Experiencing Depression [Good Men Project]
"Please know that you will get better. I did and many, many others have. It takes work and effort. I would urge you to consider multiple strategies to work towards recovery, rather than relying on just one."

AMA Opioid Task Force Outlines Road Map to End Epidemic [AAFP News]
The American Medical Association's Opioid Task Force is calling on policymakers to increase access to treatment for substance use disorder. Removing "inappropriate" barriers to treatment and supporting criminal justice reform are among its recent recommendations.

After Four Decades, Homeless Man Goes Back to College to Finish His Degree, Tuition Covered [CNN]
David Carter dropped out of college at 23 and has since dealt with mental illness and substance abuse. Now, with the help of a local journalism student and the generosity of an alumnus, Carter will return to school to finish his degree.

Bill to Fund Peer-Led Recovery Centers Moving Through Oregon Legislature [KATU]
A bill that would fund more peer-led recovery programs in Oregon is currently being debated in the state's House Joint Committee on Ways and Means. Experts in the field say that the state is lacking in recovery support.

Montreal Bar That Doesn't Serve Alcohol To Open in July [CBC]
The Mindful Bar, a new "sober bar" in Montreal, is the answer for people who don't want to drink alcohol but still want to go out, have some "mocktails" and a good time. "There is no alternative right now." 

A Life in Recovery: From Selling the Drugs That Killed Her Sister to Embracing Adulthood [Burlington Free Press]
"She didn't feel high unless she had died." The story of Emily Welch, who is working to maintain her recovery after losing her sister to a heroin overdose from drugs that she provided.

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