Morning Roundup: Sept. 4, 2019

By The Fix staff 09/04/19

Juul's CEO discourages new vapers as reports of lung illnesses rise. Peer recovery coaches based in ERs are making a difference. Vox is seeking stories about rehab.

woman vaping
Vaping — not as "healthy" as advertised? ID 119778661 © Aliaksandr Barouski |

Vox Is Investigating America's Addiction Treatment System. Help By Sharing Your Stories. [Vox]
Have you or a loved one received treatment for substance use disorder and want to share your experience? Vox would like to hear from you. Click through to learn more.

She Spent More Than $110,000 on Drug Rehab. Her Son Still Died. [Vox]
The first story from Vox's rehab industry investigation. Sean Blake, despite multiple treatment attempts, succumbed to his substance use disorder at the age of 27.   

In India's Slums, 'Painkillers Are Part of the Daily Routine' [Kaiser Health News]
India's poorest use pain medication to numb the pain of back-breaking daily labor. The government is considering 'liberalizing access to painkillers' but prescription abuse is already on the rise.

Utah Teen Will 'Never Touch a Vape Again' After Nearly Dying of Severe Lung Illness [People]
After vaping daily for three years, a healthy 18-year-old woman fell ill with severe lung damage. "My lungs were full of fluid and they said that my chest x-rays were some of the worst that they'd ever seen." 

Juul CEO: 'Don't Vape' or Use Nicotine If You Haven't Already [Forbes]
Kevin Burns, the CEO of popular e-cigarette maker Juul, said for people "who don't have a preexisting relationship with nicotine" to not use Juul. "Don't vape. Don't use Juul. You're not our target consumer."

Sam Taylor-Johnson: 'I've Lost People Very Dear to Me Through Addiction' [Guardian] 
An interview with the director of the film adaptation of James Frey's book A Million Little Pieces. "[The book] resonated with me on a personal perspective having lost people very dear to me through troubles with addiction."

Every Hospital Needs 'Recovery Coaches' for Patients with Substance Use Problems [STAT News]
How City of Angels brought peer recovery coaches to the emergency department at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital. Patients now have the option to speak with a peer recovery coach, and they say it's made all the difference.

Hardship During Great Recession Linked with Lasting Mental Health Declines [Association for Psychological Science]
People who suffered a financial, housing-related or job-related hardship as a result of the Great Recession were more prone to showing symptoms of depression, anxiety and problem drug use, according to new research.

Please read our comment policy. - The Fix

The Fix staff consists of the editor-in-chief and publisher, a senior editor, an associate editor, an editorial coordinator, and several contributing editors and writers. Articles in Professional Voices, Ask an Expert, and similar sections are written by doctors, psychologists, clinicians, professors and other experts from universities, hospitals, government agencies and elsewhere. For contact and other info, please visit our About Us page.