Morning Roundup: Sept. 12, 2019

By The Fix staff 09/12/19

ACLU sues federal prison to supply buprenorphine to inmate. Artie Lange sober and out of rehab. Midwest college recovery group to celebrate fifth anniversary.

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Journalist Gets Backlash for Intimate Essay on Quitting Antidepressants [KCRW]
A Los Angeles Times columnist shared his experience weaning off of antidepressants, "one of the hardest things I've ever done." But some were not keen on his use of "insensitive" language, like the word "addict." 

Does a Kansas Inmate Have a Right to Opioid Addiction Drugs? A Judge Will Decide. [NY Times]
The ACLU is suing a federal prison in Kansas for not providing the medication buprenorphine to help him stay sober. The ACLU argues that the man would "inevitably suffer and possibly die" without it. 

Artie Lange Is Sober and Out of Rehab [CNN]
Comedian Artie Lange is out of rehab and going on eight months sober. He shared the news on Twitter, also announcing that he is heading back on the road.  

NY Governor Plans Lawsuit Against Opioid Drug Industry [WAER]
A forthcoming New York lawsuit will crack down on the opioid industry's alleged "conspiracy" to over-prescribe painkillers, inflating the cost of the drugs, and defrauding New Yorkers of $2 billion. 

How This Mother of 3 Turned Her Life Around and Became a Facebook Sensation [East Idaho News]
Tiffany Jenkins is featured for her success as a vlogger and content creator who is open about her struggles with substance abuse, depression and isolation. She tells her story as part of the "Social Media Stars" series.

How to Teach Future Doctors About Pain in the Midst of the Opioid Crisis [NPR]
The state of pain education in American medical schools. NPR explored one course at one of the top medical schools in the country. 

Celebrity Chefs Buck Addiction to Lead Wellness Movement [USA Today]
While the food service industry's culture of hard drinking and drug use is known, these chefs are changing the culture by being open about substance abuse and promoting sober-friendly spaces.

Recovery Month Aims to End the Stigma of Addiction and Recovery [IUPUI]
The Collegiate Recovery Community is a group of 50 IUPUI (Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis) students who will celebrate their fifth anniversary this October.

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