Morning Roundup: Nov. 19, 2018

By The Fix staff 11/19/18

Secret CIA document shows plan to test drugs on prisoners, Crack Cloud uses punk as a therapy against addiction, artist in recovery Macklemore gives back to disadvantaged youth in his hometown.

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Still image from "Swish Swash" music video by Crack Cloud Photo via YouTube/Crack Cloud

Secret CIA Document Shows Plan to Test Drugs on Prisoners [ACLU]
CIA secret drug testing did not end with MK-Ultra. "Project Medication" was a separate plan to test a "truth serum" on prisoners.

Lil Peep Fans Hold Worldwide Memorial Events on Anniversary of Death [Complex]
Fans memorialized artist Lil Peep on the one-year anniversary of his death. The singer and rapper died while on tour of a fentanyl and Xanax overdose.

My 'Bottom' Was Being Drunk on TV. I'm Grateful I Hit It Before I Killed Myself or Others. [USA Today]
A long-time USA Today reporter relives her hard-drinking days, and the "bottom" that threatened her journalism career. She counts herself lucky to have survived: "Their ending could have been my ending."

Crack Cloud: How They Used Punk as a Therapy Against Addiction [Guardian]
Artists in recovery and people who work with mental health and substance use disorder patients make up this multimedia collective. "The band is our recovery program."

'I Know What It Feels Like': Program Embeds Peer Supporters in NC Emergency Rooms [WFAE]
Six North Carolina hospitals will now offer "peer support specialists" to drug overdose patients. Talking to someone who's been there may inspire patients to give hope a chance.  

Music Saved Macklemore. Now He's Hoping to do the Same for Seattle Teens [CBS News]
Grammy-winning artist in recovery, Macklemore, is giving back to his hometown to help disadvantaged youth. The rapper has partnered with a local organization to provide a free immersive program that teaches the art of making music.

BC Advocate's Report Recommends Drug Sites for Youth and Children [Vancouver Sun]
A new report urges Canada's health ministry to support for youth with substance use disorder. This may include supervised consumption sites, among a wide array of services to connect young people with treatment and support. 

North Dakota Officials Attend USDA Drug, Alcohol Addiction Roundtable [Bismarck Tribune]
First Lady of North Dakota, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, attended a roundtable discussion on drug and alcohol addiction. The governor's wife has been candid about her experience as a person in recovery.

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