Morning Roundup: Sept. 20, 2019

By The Fix staff 09/20/19

NBA requires at least one mental health professional for all teams. First vape-related illness in Canada is 'Ontario teen.' DEA investigates fatal overdose of Angels pitcher.

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Players like Kevin Love set off mental health reforms in the NBA. Photo 23928135 © Carrienelson1 -

DEA Investigating Where Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Obtained Lethal Drugs [USA Today]
The Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating the fatal overdose of Tyler Skaggs. The 27-year-old Los Angeles Angels pitcher died in July and was found to have had fentanyl, oxycodone and ethanol in his system.

Coming Clean: With Sobriety Comes Hard Truths and Isolation, But Also Triumphs [CBC]
This Recovery Month, people like Chester Herman and Sara Daniels are opening up about finding recovery. "When I sobered up, it felt like everyone abandoned me."

Ontario Teen Lands in ICU in Canada's First Reported Case of 'Vape Pen Illness' [Leafly]
A young Ontarian with "no other health issues whatsoever" landed in the hospital for "severe pulmonary illness" related to vaping. They have since recovered and returned home.

Protestor Dropped 800-Pound Heroin Spoon in Front of Johnson & Johnson HQ []
Activist and artist Domenic Esposito placed his famous "heroin spoon" sculpture in front of Johnson & Johnson headquarters, the latest target of his guerrilla activism. The spoon sculpture has also appeared at the offices of other drug companies.

NBA New Rules Require Teams to Add Full-Time Mental Health Staff for Upcoming Season [CNBC]
Starting this year, all NBA teams must have at least one full-time mental health professional on staff. "What we're seeing is teams willing to embrace the question of how do we do better, how do we do more for everyone?"

NASCAR Crew Chief Nick Harrison Died of Cocaine, Oxycodone, Alcohol, Report Says [Tennessean]
A medical examiner's report confirmed that Nick Harrison had oxycodone, cocaine and alcohol in his system at the time of his death on July 21. The drugs and alcohol contributed to his death, which was ruled accidental. 

Can Single 30-Minute Therapy Sessions Help Kids Struggling with Depression? [Vox]
Can therapy be more digestible in a shorter format? Can this make mental health support more accessible to young people? This online tool is available for those who wish to try out therapy in 30-minute intervals. 

Purdue Pharma's Bankruptcy Plan Includes Special Protection for the Sackler Family Fortune [Washington Post]
Purdue Pharma has asked a bankruptcy judge to halt new lawsuits against the Sackler family, stating that the family may reconsider settling with plaintiffs who argue that the company had a large part in fueling the opioid crisis without this protection.

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