Morning Roundup: Mar. 20, 2019

By The Fix staff 03/20/19

Maine lawmakers consider creating a substance abuse cabinet, Wendy Williams reveals she's been living in sober housing, Netflix show accused of false representation of anonymous alcoholic.

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Wendy Williams has been candid about her drug issues. Fashionstock .com |

Wendy Williams Reveals She's Been Staying in a Sober Living House [Washington Post]
TV personality Wendy Williams revealed that she has been staying at a sober living home. Williams has been candid about battling a cocaine problem and promotes recovery support through her family's foundation.

Maine Lawmakers Discuss Bill to Create Substance Abuse Cabinet [Maine Public]
A new "substance abuse disorder cabinet" has been proposed in the Maine Legislature. The cabinet will include officials from all state departments.

Mindfulness Could Be a Key to Recovering from Substance Use Disorder, USC Experts Say [USC News]
Encouraged by the positive impact that mindfulness can have on people in recovery, USC is recruiting participants for a new study that will examine whether mindfulness can help young people who are in treatment for drug use and mental health issues. 

Harford County to Present Free Performances of Award-Winning Play 'Addicted' [Baltimore Sun]
'Addicted,' a play that spotlights heroin's impact on a community, is showing in Harford County starting this Thursday. The community is invited to attend the free performances, written and directed by a school psychologist in memory of her late brother.

Kristoff St. John Cause of Death Revealed:  Was Hospitalized at Mental Health Facility Days Before Death [TMZ]
Alcohol was a contributing factor to the death of actor Kristoff St. John, according to a new autopsy report. The report also revealed that the actor spent time at a mental health hospital days before his death.

Aspiring Doctors Seek Advanced Training in Addiction Medicine [NPR]
Schools across the U.S. are now offering fellowship programs that train doctors in addiction medicine. These programs offer training on evidence-based approaches for treating addiction.

NHL Player Austin Watson Reinstated After Completing Substance Abuse Program [CBS Sports]
Austin Watson of the Nashville Predators has been reinstated by the NHL after violating the league's substance abuse policy. Watson admitted that he had been living with alcoholism, anxiety and depression since he was 18 years old.

'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' Sued for False Representation of Anonymous Alcoholic [NY Daily News] 
An anonymous lawsuit has accused the FX/Netflix drama series 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' of presenting "a false implication that (they are) a chronic abuser of alcohol who consumes alcohol throughout the day."

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