Morning Roundup: Mar. 25, 2019

By The Fix staff 03/25/19

Property owner offers nation's first SIF rent-free location, report: many in recovery contend with chronic health issues, state-owned properties may serve as addiction-recovery facilities.

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Hepatitis C is one of many chronic health problems faced by drug users. Katerynakon |

Now, There Is Zero Proof That Alcohol Is What Makes a Great Cocktail [NPR]
As more people opt to pass on booze, beverage makers are getting creative. "Customers who don't want alcohol should be able to have something special too."

Lawmakers Seek to Use Vacant State-Owned Buildings for Addiction Recovery [WITF]
A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to give life to vacant state-owned properties, by turning them into recovery facilities. State Rep. Jim Gregory has 9 years sober himself.

Amarah's Corner: Mom Shares Late Daughter's Poem About Heroin Addiction [Alamosa News]
After losing their daughter Delaney to heroin, her family shared a poem found in her journal in her obituary. Delaney's powerful words have struck a chord with many. 

Kentucky Adds Health Workers to Attack Rising HIV Infections [Cincinnati Enquirer]
Kentucky is ramping up its fight against the spread of HIV, which has been exacerbated by injection drug use. The state is directing more health workers to areas most affected.

Letter: Addiction to Social Media Isn't a Disease [Guardian]
Dr. Simon Gibbs of Newcastle University argues against the current approach to "social media addiction." "Conceptualizing this disorder as a disease suggests the origin of the problem lies within people."

'No Data' to Support Safe Injection Sites in Massachusetts, Governor Says [MassLive]
As Massachusetts mulls opening the country's first safe injection site, Governor Charlie Baker stated, in clear terms, that he saw no valid reason for it. "How is this going to help people get better?"

Many in Addiction Recovery Face Chronic Health Issues [PsychCentral]
A new report states that more than a third of people recovering from substance use disorder suffer from chronic health issues—including liver disease, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, cancer, hepatitis C, COPD, heart disease and diabetes.

First Supervised Drug Injection Site in US Offered Lease in Kensington [Philly Inquirer]
The nation's first safe injection site may have found a new home, where it will operate rent-free. The Philadelphia location was offered by an anonymous owner who lost his son to drug overdose.

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