Morning Roundup: May 14, 2019

By The Fix staff 05/14/19

Trump adviser slams "Cocaine Mitch" t-shirt sales, brain implant reported a success for former meth user, 14 grieving parents share stories of children lost to drugs.

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Dad's Drinking Isn't Scrutinized as Much as Mom's... It Should Be. [Healthline]
Wine-loving moms have been scrutinized—but what about dads? "Men drink at higher rates than women, are more likely to engage in binge-drinking behavior, and struggle with alcohol addiction in higher numbers as well."

Man Has Holes Drilled in Head for Brain Implants to Stop Him from Using Meth [Independent]
Shanghai physicians implanted a "pacemaker-type device" in the brain of a meth user. More than 6 months later, he says he has stopped using drugs and called the implant "magical." 

'My Soul Has Been Ripped Out': How 14 Devastated Moms, Dads Responded After Opioids Killed Their Children []
Fourteen Staten Islanders share their grief over their children who they lost to drugs. More than 1,200 people on this NYC borough have fatally overdosed since 1999.

Trump Adviser Slams McConnell Campaign's 'Cocaine Mitch' T-Shirts [Courier-Journal]
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has raised more than $30K from selling "Cocaine Mitch" t-shirts. But one Trump adviser is not amused. "As somebody who has personally struggled with cocaine addiction, I don't think that that is funny or appropriate."

From Jail Cell to the Bench: Summit County's Newest Judge Shares Journey [Akron Beacon Journal]
Sitting in a jail cell in 1989, Susan Baker Ross had a moment of clarity. It was her second conviction for driving under the influence. The newly-elected Ohio common pleas judge will celebrate 30 years of sobriety in July.

'I Drank and Drugged and Got Myself in Tabloid Newspapers': U2 Bassist on Battle with Alcohol [Independent]
U2 bassist Adam Clayton revealed in a new interview that he had a hard time dealing with success. To cope with losing "your sense of yourself... a sense of reality," he developed problems with alcohol and drugs. 

Tempted by Tradition, Teens Face Pressure to Fit Into Wisconsin's Alcohol Culture [WPR]
Wisconsin Public Radio gets a sense of the drinking culture among young people in the state. According to the CDC, the percentage of Wisconsin high school students who drink is higher than the national average.  

Joe Namath Says the Drunken Interview with ESPN's Suzy Kolber Saved Him [Washington Post]
A boozy 2003 interview with ESPN was "a blessing in disguise" for football hall of famer Joe Namath. "I had embarrassed my friends and family and could not escape that feeling. I haven't had a drink since." 

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