Morning Roundup: Nov. 16, 2018

By The Fix staff 11/16/18

Wendy Williams hosts town hall on drug addiction, Big Pharma pays social media 'influencers' to hawk product, Second Chance Diner serves a helping of hope.

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Big Pharma is utilizing the power of social media "influencers." Konstantin Yuganov |

Life After Heroin Is Beautiful and Boring [Vice]
A woman shares essays written in a Thailand rehab. Hannah Brooks has spent the past several years battling heroin addiction.

As Social Media 'Influencers,' Patients Are Getting a Voice. And Pharma Is Ready to Pay Up. [STAT News]
The pharmaceutical industry is recruiting social media "influencers" to promote their products. Drug companies will pay for social media exposure as well as consumers' opinions. 

Study: US Has Highest Rate of Drug Overdoses [CNN]
In a study of 13 countries including Australia, Chile and Estonia, the U.S. had, by far, the highest drug-related death rate. Mexico had the lowest. 

Remembering Those Who Passed and Celebrating Those in Recovery at Church [Wicked Local]
A local church community gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember those lost to opioid addiction. The church hosts Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as well as local recovery efforts. 

Wendy Williams Holds Town Hall on Drug Addiction [Fox 5 NY]
TV host Wendy Williams hosted a town hall to discuss the U.S. drug epidemic. Drug abuse is personal to Williams and her family. Don Lemon hosted the event at Harlem Hospital.

How Unregulated Recovery Homes Are Saving Some Addicts While Endangering Others [Myrtle Beach Online]
The unregulated rehab industry has a reputation of abuse and fraud, but it has its share of success stories as well. This report explores the self-regulating side of the recovery industry. 

Second Chance Diner Opens, Serves Up a Helping of Hope []
Eddie DePalma once lived with heroin addiction. Now he's serving a packed dining room. Three years sober, DePalma just opened the doors to the Second Chance Diner. 

As El Chapo Trial Opens, Attorneys Offer Contrasting Portraits of 'Mythological' Drug Lord [Washington Post]
The trial of drug kingpin "El Chapo" has begun in New York City. He faces the possibility of life in prison.

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