Morning Roundup: Mar. 21, 2019

By The Fix staff 03/21/19

Cleveland State swim coach resigns amid drug allegations, Nikki Sixx talks about being revived from a heroin overdose, 'Reality Tour' depicts scenes of drug use and death.

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men's swim program under investigation for drug use
Allegations of drug use have led to multiple resignations at Cleveland State. Ammentorp | Dreamstime.com

The Last Word: Nikki Sixx on Drugs, Groupies and What Dying Taught Him [Rolling Stone]
The Mötley Crüe bassist says when he first tried heroin, "I didn't realize the demon it was." In this interview, he talks about being revived from a heroin overdose and 'The Dirt,' a new film about the band's wildest moments.

Seattle Is Dying: Why Aren't We Doing More About Addiction, Homelessness and Mental Illness? [KOMO News]
A KOMO News Special focuses on Seattle's dark side, and asks, why isn't more being done to help the city's most vulnerable. 

Big Alcohol Is Bracing for a More Sober Future [Bon Appetit]
More coverage of the growing low-alcohol beverage industry. Established alcohol companies are looking to cash in on the trend.

One-Third of Uninsured Can't Afford to Take Drugs As Prescribed [CNN]
A CDC report looked at strategies people use to lower prescription drug costs—including not taking the medicine as prescribed. The report illustrates the lengths people will go to afford prescription medication.

'Reality Tour' Features Intense Depiction of Substance Abuse Outcomes [WHMI]
Dramatic skits depicted addiction, overdose, and death in the Reality Tour—a unique substance abuse prevention and intervention program. High school students acted out the scenes.

Mercy Hospital Launches Program to Help Opioid Abuse Patients with Recovery [Portland Press Herald]
A Portland hospital has launched a new program to connect emergency room patients admitted for drug-related problems with treatment professionals and health insurance. "This is a new model that will help save lives in Maine." 

Cleveland State University Swim Coach Resigns During Investigation Into Athlete Drug Use [Cleveland.com]
Swim coach Paul Graham has resigned amid allegations of drug use within the men's swimming and diving program. Two senior athletic department officials resigned as well.

New York Mulls Medication-Assisted Opioid Treatment in All Lockups [WIBX 950]
A multi-million dollar budget proposal seeks to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in jails and prisons in New York. "Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like a disease."

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