Morning Roundup: Sept. 27, 2019

By The Fix staff 09/27/19

Judge rejects opioid companies' request to recuse himself due to alleged bias. Another counterfeit THC vape operation found in Minnesota. Andrew Zimmern among chefs participating in sober dinner.

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Minnesota Police Seize Over 75,000 THC Vaping Cartridges in Record Bust [NBC News]
One week after the massive Wisconsin bust that yielded nearly 130,000 vape cartridges destined for the black market, another counterfeit operation was raided near Minneapolis. 

Mac Miller: Second Man Arrested in Connection with Rapper's Death [Rolling Stone]
Ryan Reavis of Arizona was arrested and charged with fraud and drug and gun possession. Police did not say how he is tied to Mac Miller's death. He is the second man said to be involved in the Pittsburgh rapper's fatal overdose.

Judge in Opioid Litigation Won't Remove Himself From Case [ABC News]
Judge Dan Polster has rejected drug companies' request to remove himself from the overseeing federal opioid litigation, alleging that he is biased. "Publicly acknowledging this human toll does not suggest I am biased; it shows that I am human," he said.

Andrew Zimmern Joins Boston Chefs for a Sober Dinner at Toro [Boston Magazine]
On November 4, a Boston restaurant will host the Clear and Present Dinner, an alcohol-free event featuring chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern and other chefs who will collaborate on the five course meal paired with non-alcoholic beverages.

Prosecutors: Bucks County Doctor Provided Patients with 'Goody Bags' of Prescription Drugs, Painkillers [CBS Philly]
A Pennsylvania doctor has been accused of giving out "goody bags" containing oxycodone, sedatives, and other prescription drugs to patients who did not need them. 

CEO of Juul Steps Down, Company to Drop Ads [Scientific American]
Kevin Burns has stepped down as the CEO of Juul amid the vaping public health crisis. The company will also suspend all advertising in the U.S. and will not lobby against anti-vaping policies. 

For Muslims Wrestling with Substance Abuse, It's Often a Silent Struggle [MPR News]
"Even in American culture, the disease of addiction is so heavily stigmatized. So culturally it was even more shameful." The Muslim-American community is organizing to fight the stigma and promote treatment in their community. 

What the Massachusetts Vaping Product Ban Means for Medical Marijuana Patients [WBUR]
All vaping products are prohibited in the state of Massachusetts until January 25. What does this mean for medical marijuana patients? WBUR asked an expert.

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