Morning Roundup: Sept. 26, 2019

By The Fix staff 09/26/19

Destroyed poppy fields force Guatemalan farmers to travel north. Leafly traces counterfeit vapes to China. Oklahoma college students to host A Night of Recovery on Friday night.

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Fun Animation Encourages People to 'Go Sober for October' [Creative Boom]
A new animated spot is drawing interest to Sober October, by showing people how easy it can be to say "no" to alcohol. 

OU Students Calling For More Collegiate Substance Abuse Recovery Programs [KFOR]
The University of Oklahoma's sober student group, Students in Recovery, will host "A Night of Recovery" on Friday (Sept. 27) to discuss the importance of recovery support in the college community. 

'Hundreds' of New Vaping Illnesses Have Been Reported in the Last Week, CDC Says [CNBC]
The "mysterious lung disease" has sickened 530 people so far in the U.S. Health officials are seeing "more and more cases" every day.

Journey of a Tainted Vape Cartridge: From China's Labs to Your Lungs [Leafly]
Leafly investigated counterfeit THC vape cartridges, a key suspect in the vaping public health crisis. Their investigation traced the supply chain from Chinese manufacturers to unsuspecting American consumers.

A Dangerous Red Flower Is Driving Record Numbers of Migrants to Flee Guatemala [USA Today]
Guatemalan migrants are escaping poverty to the U.S. after the government destroyed their poppy crop, their main source of income originally forced upon them by drug cartels. 

New Global 'Scorecard' to Map Extent of Mental Illness Crisis [Guardian]
A universal "scorecard" measuring mental health around the world was unveiled at the UN on Wednesday. The goal is to identify the most effective treatments and collecting better data on mental illness.

NYC's Billionaires' Row Is the Planned Site for a '5-Star' Drug Rehab [Bloomberg]
A vacant Manhattan building may be the site of New York City's "First 5-Star Detox & Rehab facility," according to a proposal submitted to the local community board. The luxury facility would cater to clients aged 13 to 26.

Will Arnett Opens Up About Sobriety: 'I'm Very, Very Grateful on a Daily Basis' [Variety]
Actor Will Arnett expressed gratitude while receiving the Spirit of Sobriety Award. "Sobriety has touched so many people, not just me but so many people in my life, my kids, my family."

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