Morning Roundup: Sept. 3, 2019

By The Fix staff 09/03/19

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren support supervised drug consumption. RV brings mobile recovery to Long Island. A review of the film adaptation of A Million Little Pieces.

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Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have come out in favor of safe drug consumption. ID 65635850 © Marion Rush |

Sanders and Warren Back Legalization of Safe Consumption Sites for Drug Users [Truthout]
Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are both running for president, have endorsed safe consumption facilities for legal and supervised drug use. Truthout reports.

Hope Rides Here: How This RV Is Battling the Opioid Epidemic [Today]
A recovery-focused RV is traveling across Long Island, New York, to bring mobile recovery to people in the NYC suburb. Some of the staff themselves are in long-term recovery from substance use disorder.

Music Festivals: What Can Be Done to Stop Drug Deaths? [BBC]
"There is always a risk when you take drugs but the reality is young people will still do it." How do we keep young festivalgoers safe at music festivals?  

Most Comprehensive Analysis of Fentanyl Crisis Urges Innovative Action [Science Daily]
An examination of fentanyl's growing role in the opioid crisis, and what can be done about it. The RAND Corporation released a study urging policymakers to consider "non-traditional strategies" to combat fentanyl's impact. 

Prevalence of Hepatitis B Virus in US Adults with a History of Injection Drug Use [Infectious Diseas Advisor]
Adults with a history of injection drug use are more prone to contracting viral hepatitis. Vaccinations, safe drug use, and treatment should all be a part of viral hepatitis prevention, according to a new study.

'A Million Little Pieces' Review: Glossy Addiction Drama Rings Hollow [Guardian]
A not-exactly-kind reaction to the film adaptation of A Million Little Pieces — James Frey's controversial addiction memoir. 

Not Just Purdue: Big Drug Companies Considering Settlements to Resolve Opioid Suits [NPR]
Purdue Pharma is not the only major drug company looking for a resolution to the legal battle they are facing — in the form of thousands of lawsuits from local governments across the U.S. 

Safe-Injection Site Activists Arrested After Blocking New York Governor's Office [Guardian]
A group of safe injection supporters were arrested Wednesday afternoon for blocking the entrance of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office building. Advocates are putting pressure on the governor to establish SIFs in NYC.

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