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Morning Roundup: Oct. 9, 2019

By The Fix staff 10/09/19

Rutgers coach shares daughter's heroin struggle. Young Brits create safe and sober space for marginalized people. Black Sabbath guitarist supports James Hetfield's recovery.

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Metallica's James Hetfield is inspiring many with his recovery journey. Photo 127143488 © Andre DurÃo -

Perspective: The Secret Life of a Heroin Addict [NY Daily News]
For this man, a successful career went hand in hand with his heroin use. No one had a clue. "Unlike the so-called gateway drugs, which made me uncomfortably intoxicated, I could function on heroin." 

Illinois Aims To Give Those Affected By the Drug War a Leg Up in Cannabis Industry [Will Radio]
People who qualify as "social equity applicants" who want to get in on the ground floor of the cannabis industry will be given a boost by the state government's new marijuana policy. The policy will take effect in 2020.

Kat Von D, Over a Decade Sober, Visits Bam Margera in Rehab [Yahoo]
Tattoo artist Kat Von D visited Bam Margera in rehab and shared her own recovery journey. "You quickly realize who your real friends are when you make such big changes."  

Why We Need More Sober Safe Spaces for Marginalized Communities [i-D]
A group of young Brits host sober gatherings catered to the QTIBPOC (queer, transgender, intersex and non-binary black people and people of color) community—hoping to provide a space that is safe from judgment and marginalization. 

For Rutgers Basketball's Greg Vetrone, Knocking Out Opioid Epidemic is Personal []
Rutgers director of player development, Greg Vetrone, revealed that his daughter is battling heroin use disorder. She has one more chance before she'll lose custody of her seven-month-old son. "I'll never stop fighting for my daughter."

Kelly Macdonald: Making 'Trainspotting 2' Was More Sober Than the Original [Radio X]
Trainspotting star Kelly Macdonald said that making the sequel was a more sober experience than the first film, alongside Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and more. "Everybody was super fit and healthy." 

Robbie Robertson: 'I Didn't Know Anybody Who Didn't Do Drugs' [Guardian]
Guitarist Robbie Robertson of the Band, which played for Bob Dylan, reflected on the "brotherhood" (the band) and some of the members' heroin use. "I didn't know anybody that didn't do drugs. I was such a normal." 

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Cheers on James Hetfield in Quest for Sobriety [Rolling Stone] 
"You've done the right thing seeking help—I'm thinking of you, my friend, and wishing you all the very best on your recovery," said the Black Sabbath guitarist to Metallica's James Hetfield, who recently entered a treatment program for alcohol.

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