Morning Roundup: Oct. 16, 2019

By The Fix staff 10/16/19

Captain Lee Rosbach shares grief over son's fatal overdose. CDC gives name to vaping-related lung injuries: EVALI. Rapper DMX skips performances for rehab. 

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Parents of Student Who Died of Fentanyl Overdose Open Up About Son's Death [Q13 FOX]
Gabriel Lilienthal was a 17-year-old, straight-A student when he died of a fatal overdose in September. Two other teenagers in the area also died recently from a fentanyl overdose. 

High School Vape Culture Can Be Almost As Hard to Shake As Addiction, Teens Say [NPR]
Vaping has ingrained itself in youth culture, making it a difficult habit to shake for young people who now want to quit while witnessing the worsening vaping public health crisis. "It's infiltrated every social clique."

Feature: The Angel on Methadone Mile [Boston Globe]
Every Sunday, Celsea Tibbitt gives out food and water near the Boston Medical Center and the notorious "Methadone Mile" with the help of a few friends. "We need to take care of each other. If not, what the hell are we doing?" 

Bravo's Captain Lee Rosbach Shares Immense Grief Over Son's Accidental Overdose [Page Six]
Captain Lee Rosbach lost his son Josh in July, after a long battle with opioid use disorder. "We spent 20 years, every night, waiting for the phone call saying either he was in jail or that he was dead."

Health: CDC Gives Vaping Illness a New Name: EVALI [Becker's Hospital Review]
The severe lung injuries associated with vaping popping up across the U.S. have a new name: EVALI, for e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury. As of Oct. 11, the number of EVALI diagnoses in the U.S. reached 1,299.

DMX Checked Himself Into Rehab to Avoid Relapsing [HotNewHipHop]
Rapper DMX has entered a rehab facility based on "his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first," forcing him to miss out on performing at last weekend's Rolling Loud festival. He apologized for canceling on social media.

Perspective: Breaking the Chain of Alcoholism [Bristol Cable]
"Like Josh, many in [Bristol] and the whole country have had their youth and later family life destroyed by alcoholism." One man's story from across the pond.

Filipino Former Police Chief Who Led Brutal War on Drugs Quit, Accused of Taking Bribe from Drug Trafficker [VICE]
General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police, has resigned amid allegations of corruption and greed. He is known as the enforcer of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's violent war on drugs.

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