Morning Roundup: Oct. 15, 2019

By The Fix staff 10/15/19

Angels employee provided pills to Tyler Skaggs. Elton John reflects on relationship with cocaine. Canadian completes cross-country bike ride to celebrate his recovery.

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Perspective: My Years in the Florida Shuffle of Drug Addiction [New Yorker]
A detailed examination of how South Florida became a hub for substance use disorder recovery, as told by Colton Wooten, who experienced the 'Florida Shuffle' firsthand. "I seemed to have a high tolerance for suffering."

Combat Troops at Higher Risk for Opioid, Heroin Addiction, Study Says [Military Times]
A study revealed that opioid abuse was higher among those in the military who saw combat, than those who did not. "[With] nearly three million deployed since 9/11, what is the impact of this combat?"

Los Angeles Angels Employee Said He Provided Oxycodone to Tyler Skaggs [ESPN]
An employee of the Los Angeles Angels revealed that he provided oxycodone to pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who died in July of a fatal overdose. The employee, Eric Kay, has sought treatment for substance use disorder twice this year.

Almost Half of Americans Have Dealt with Substance Abuse in Family: Gallup [The Hill]
A new Gallup poll has revealed that nearly half of the adult population in the U.S. knows a family member who has struggled with substance use disorder. The survey also shed light on other facets of Americans' consumption habits.

Scotland's Ruling Party Unanimously Backs Drug Decriminalization Measure [Marijuana Moment]
Delegates of Scotland's largest party, the Scottish National Party, say that a public health approach would help mitigate the drug crisis. "Decriminalization demystifies drugs and places them firmly in the health arena."

Feature: The Hunt for Asia's El Chapo [Reuters]
Authorities are on the hunt for the suspected kingpin of a global drug trafficking organization in Asia. The organization is believed to be responsible for funneling mehtamphetamine, heroin and ketamine to "at least a dozen countries."

Man Finishes Cross-Canada Trip on BMX Bike to Celebrate His Recovery [Terrace Standard]
Matthew Fee completed a 4,300-mile bicycle ride across Canada, fulfilling a dream of his, but he says it wasn't as hard as finding recovery. Fee embarked on the journey to raise substance use disorder awareness and to celebrate his own recovery.

Elton John on Music, Addiction and Family: 'I'm Proud of Who I Am Now' [NPR]
Elton John reflected on his drug use and relationship with cocaine in a new interview about his memoir Me. "I would have seizures in the middle of the night, and people would find me on the floor and put me to bed. Twenty minutes later, I'd be up doing cocaine again."

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