Morning Roundup: Oct. 17, 2019

By The Fix staff 10/17/19

Man pleaded guilty to cocaine charges for powdered milk. Mom posts before and after photos of her son to show toll of drug use. People magazine launches mental health initiative.

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Man Pleaded Guilty to Cocaine Possession, Sentenced to 15 Years—For Powdered Milk [Washington Post]
"Innocent people plea guilty. A lot." This is the larger issue highlighted by Cody Gregg, who was charged with cocaine possession though it turned out to be powdered milk. Despite knowing he was innocent, he pleaded guilty to get out of jail.

While Funds Flow Into Opioid Fight, a Meth Crisis Quietly Grows in Wisconsin [MPR News]
Methamphetamine is just as much of a problem, if not more, in Wisconsin. But government funding can't help efforts to treat this problem, because the money was already designated for fighting opioid abuse. 

'Burn The Place' Is a Thrilling, Disquieting Memoir of Addiction and Coming of Age [New Yorker]
Chef Iliana Regan's memoir, long-listed for the National Book Award, is a reflection of her blue-collar Indiana upbringing, surrounded by a family of dysfunction and alcoholism, and her journey to become a celebrated chef. 

PA's Largest Community College Eliminates Campus Mental Health Counseling for 17,000 Students [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Pennsylvania's largest community college, HACC, has eliminated individual and group counseling for students amid a lack of funding and decreasing enrollment. Instead, the school administration will refer students to an off-campus provider. 

'The Face of Heroin': Mom Shares Haunting Before and After Photos of Son [TODAY]
A mother shared two images of her son, photographed seven months from each other, to illustrate the toll that his drug use has had on his body. "Cody is still homeless in Las Vegas and I hae not herad from him in weeks now." 

Your Guide to the Massive (And Massively Complex) Opioid Litigation [NPR]
Navigating the opioid litigation—where drug companies like Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson are facing more than 2,000 lawsuits for their alleged role in fueling the opioid crisis—is complicated. NPR breaks things down.

Introducing People's New Mental Health Initiative: Let's Talk About It [People]
People magazine is launching a year-long initiative to encourage conversation about mental health. The initiative, called Let's Talk About It, will feature the stories of people, famous or not, who have dealt with mental illness.

Minnesota's Psychiatric Assistance Line Awarded for Improving Mental Health Care [PR Newswire]
The American Psychiatric Association has recognized the Psychiatric Assistance Line (PAL) in Minnesota for effectively improving access to mental health care in the state. Learn more about PAL here.

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