Morning Roundup: Mar. 27, 2019

By The Fix staff 03/27/19

Pastors say expand Medicaid for substance use disorder treatment, Purdue Pharma to pay $275M to Oklahoma, poor mental health almost as bad for health as smoking and diabetes.

mental health can be as detrimental as smoking
Smoking lowers life expectancy, and so does mental illness. Idiltoffolo |

Purdue Pharma and Sacklers Reach $275 Million Settlement in Opioid Lawsuit [NY Times]
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has reached a settlement with the state of Oklahoma. The multi-million dollar settlement will go to substance use disorder research and medicine.

Will Legalized Sports Betting Curtail Corruption or Encourage It? [60 Minutes]
This is the first year of widely legalized sports gambling—after a 2018 Supreme Court decision that allowed sports gambling based on each state's discretion. This report weighs the future of legal betting.

Poor Mental Health Shortens Life Expectancy Almost as Much as Diabetes and Smoking [CNBC]
Mental health had nearly the same impact on health as did diabetes, smoking, and lack of exercise, according to a study that ranked the healthiest communities in the U.S.

Marijuana ER Visits Climb in Denver Hospital Study [Associated Press]
A study finds that marijuana-related ER visits in one Denver hospital have increased since Colorado legalized it. 

White House Releases Resource Guide for Schools to Prevent Illicit Drug Use []
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has released a school resource guide for teachers, administrators and staff to help educate and protect students from substance abuse. 

Civil Commitment for Addiction Treatment Led to Loved One's Suicide, Family Says [WBUR]
After being committed for substance use disorder, Sean Wallace was traumatized by his time incarcerated. While some have benefitted from forced treatment, Sean's story shows that the system is far from perfect.

Former DEA Official Now Working for OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma [NBC News]
A former senior DEA official is now being paid to advise the company she once regulated. "Former DEA and FDA officials should not be allowed to take money from companies they regulated."

Pastors Say to Address Opioid Crisis, Expand Medicaid [North Carolina Health News]
The faith community in North Carolina is urging state lawmakers to close the Medicaid coverage gap to increase treatment access for people with substance use disorder. "Jesus was the original universal healthcare provider, offering healing to all who came his way."

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