Morning Roundup: Sept. 24, 2019

By The Fix staff 09/24/19

"Meth Monster" will steal your teeth and your soul. Should you call 911 on suicidal thoughts? How did the vaping crisis come to a head? 

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Vaping Sales Are Falling on Fears About the Outbreak of Vaping-Related Lung Illness [MarketWatch]
People are avoiding vaping cannabis oil, instead choosing cannabis flower or any product that doesn't involve vaping, which is being investigated as a suspected cause of lung illness and death across the country.

Filipinos Give Thumbs Up to Duterte's 'Excellent' Drugs War: Poll [Reuters]
An independent poll revealed that the majority of Filipinos rated the country's drug war as "excellent," despite reports of extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses. 

Perspective: Why 911 Shouldn't Be Your First Reaction to My Suicidal Thoughts [Yahoo]
Should we be obligated to call 911 if we learn that someone has suicidal thoughts? This writer argues that this response is ineffective and could make things worse.

SAMHSA's 'Meth Monster' Video is Pure Fear-Mongering Propaganda [Filter]
A new PSA released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration features a teeth-pulling, soul-stealing meth monster and is incredibly ridiculous. 

Instagram's Opioid Recovery Hashtags Are Full of Drug Dealers [BuzzFeed News]
This report by BuzzFeed highlights just how easy it can be to purchase painkillers off of Instagram. 

Chronic Pain Patient and Advocate: What I Told the DEA [National Pain Report] 
People like Jeff Edney who live with chronic pain have been hurt by the government's opioid crackdown. He shared his story with the DEA and National Pain Report.

Sketchy THC Vape Products. Sneaky Teens. How Patchwork Regulations on E-Cigarettes Led to Health Crisis. [USA Today]
Over the weekend, an eighth person died from vaping-related causes. USA Today analyzes how this public health crisis came to be. 

Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness on Trauma, HIV, Sex and Drugs [CNN]
Queer Eye's resident hair expert, Jonathan Van Ness, shared his history of drug abuse in a new interview. "I want people to realize that you're never too broken to be fixed."

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