Morning Roundup: Sept. 18, 2019

By The Fix staff 09/18/19

Harvard student's suicide prompts mental health conversation. New York fast-tracking anti-vape legislation. Teen entered treatment program for vaping "probably every minute."

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Harvard Student's Suicide Prompts Concern About Mental Health Care on College Campuses [Boston Globe]
The death of Harvard sophomore Luke Tang has triggered a conversation about the state of mental health care in higher education. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students in the U.S.

Opinion: The Danger of Thinking We're All 'Addicted' to Tech [WIRED]
This writer argues that instead of falling victim to tech "addiction," we should take control of our relationship to our devices. "It's time we stop relinquishing control and hack back."

Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy. Here's What It Means. [USA Today]
Purdue Pharma, which manufactures OxyContin, has filed for bankruptcy. The company has yet to reach a settlement that all plaintiffs suing Purdue have agreed to. 

16-year-old Went to Rehab for Vaping Addiction: 'I Was Out of Control' [Today]
"Whenever I was awake, I was vaping. It was just such a habit that I didn't even understand how much I was doing it." Sixteen-year-old Luka Kinard completed a treatment program for vaping after suffering a seizure last year.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes [CBS]
Governor Andrew Cuomo will fast-track legislation targeting the e-cigarette industry by "emergency executive action" amid what's quickly becoming a public health crisis. 

Flavor Flav Talks Addiction, Once Spending $2.5K Per Day on Crack and Coke [HotNewHipHop]
Iconic rapper-turned-reality TV star, Flavor Flav, opened up to VladTV about his history of extravagant drug use at the height of his career. "I thank God that I'm still living today and to be able to talk about it."

What 'Hustlers' Ketamine-MDMA Drug Cocktail Would Really Do [Refinery29]
Refinery29 examines the reality behind a drug cocktail mixed up in the new film Hustlers

Aaron Carter Cancels Multiple Tour Dates After Sharing Mental Health Diagnosis [ET]
Singer Aaron Carter has canceled his remaining tour dates, saying that "I have to put my health first." This came not long after he shared his mental health diagnoses and prescription drug regimen.

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