Morning Roundup: Nov. 29, 2018

By The Fix staff 11/29/18

Melania Trump talks opioid crisis at town hall, workplaces welcome people who are in recovery, Alabama receives federal funding for prison drug treatment programs.

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He Wanted to Prove He Could Stay Sober. So He Kept Vodka in His Closet. [NY Times]
Mark Lanferman's problems with drinking and drugs started early in life. After years of destructive behavior, he got a second chance through a special program.  

Melania Trump Talks Opioid Crisis, Social Media at Town Hall [CNN]
The First Lady was in Lynchburg, Virginia to discuss the opioid epidemic. Also in attendance was the mother of singer Demi Lovato, who recently completed rehab for a drug overdose. 

Workplaces Welcome People Who Are in Recovery, Even if Their Records Are Imperfect [Bangor Daily News]
Some employers are "recovery-friendly," welcoming people who are recovering from substance use disorder. Addiction is not a taboo subject in these workplaces. 

Judge Requires Essex County Jail to Provide Opioid Addiction Treatment [WGBH]
A federal judge ordered a local jail to provide methadone to a man recovering from opioid use disorder. The ACLU says the case "was really a matter of life or death."

State Prison Inmate Drug Programs Funded [Alabama News]
The federal Justice Department has approved a grant to fund drug treatment programs in several Alabama state prisons. State officials hope the boost in funding will give inmates a chance at recovery.

Public Health Approach at Heart of New Drug and Alcohol Strategy [BBC]
Scotland has garnered a reputation for its drug problems. Now, public health officials are taking a new approach that promotes support, not stigma.

IL Struggles with Lack of Long-Term Addiction Recovery Options [WSIU]
A significant number of Illinois residents do not have access to long-term residential treatment for substance use disorder. Not only is there a shortage of recovery facilities in the state, there is a shortage of beds in each facility.

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