Morning Roundup: Oct. 11, 2019

By The Fix staff 10/11/19

Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry team up for World Mental Health Day. Teenager now raising awareness of vaping risk after landing in ICU. Children affected by opioid abuse heal at Camp Mariposa. 

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At This Camp, Children of Opioid Addicts Learn to Cope and Laugh [NPR]
Camp Mariposa is a place for children affected by opioid abuse to heal and connect with other children. "To know they can't control what's going on in their life or their family, but they have all the power to control themselves and their emotions." 

She Survived the ICU. Now, She Has a Message: Quit Vaping! [NPR]
An 18-year-old college freshman is one of more than 1,000 people in the U.S. with a vaping-related lung injury. After surviving her ordeal, she's now raising awareness about vaping. "I was laying in my bed sobbing because it hurt so bad to breathe." 

Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry Unite in Video for World Mental Health Day [CNN]
For World Mental Health Day, Prince Harry and singer Ed Sheeran urged people to "look out for anybody that might be suffering in silence" in a video posted to Instagram. "Be willing to ask for help when you need it and know that we are all in this together." 

School Districts Sue Juul, Saying Student Vaping Drains Resources [NPR]
Multiple school districts are suingJuul, accusing the e-cigarette company of hooking a generation of young people with targeted marketing. "You can't tell me that having flavors like bubblegum and grape is not trying to entice our kids to do something they know is unhealthy."

The Case for Prosecuting the Sacklers and Other Opioid Executives [Vox]
Some argue that forcing the billionaire clan behind Purdue Pharma to pay up for their alleged role in fueling the national opioid epidemic is not enough. Would criminal charges, and the possibility of prison time, more effectively drive the point home?  

The Best Advice My Therapist Never Gave Me [Refinery29]
Sometimes, the best advice isn't dispensed by a therapist, but a loved one. Here's a list of insights that you may find helpful in your day to day.

How To Cope If You Have a Parent with a Substance Use Disorder [Bustle]
"Structured routines and schedules are replaced by commotion and unpredictability. Parental behavior can be erratic and expectations are often unclear." What can children do to cope with having a parent or caregiver engaged in substance abuse?

How Vaping Nicotine Can Affect a Teenage Brain [NPR]
A look at the impact that vaping nicotine can have on a young brian. "It's unfortunate that a whole generation of teenagers are basically guinea pigs for the effects of nicotine in the brain." 

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