Morning Roundup: Sept. 9, 2019

By The Fix staff 09/09/19

Australia faces U.S.-style opioid crisis after ignoring warnings. Court to rule on Philadelphia's supervised injection sites. Judge: Mississippi's approach to mental health care violates federal law.

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Surging Prescriptions, Deaths: Australia Faces Opioid Crisis [AP News]
"Years of warnings" went unheeded in Australia, which is now facing a surging opioid death rate. "Unfortunately, in Australia, we've followed the bad example of the U.S. And now we have the same problem." 

Mississippi Mental Health System Violates Federal Law, Judge Says [NY Times]
The state of Mississippi has been accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by neglecting to improve mental health care in all communities. "If it remains uninterested in fixing this problem, the state will be doomed to repeat it."  

Where Did the Sacklers Move Cash From Their Opioid Maker? [ABC News]
How much are the Sacklers really worth? The billionaire family, which is seeking to settle a barrage of opioid lawsuits, weaved a complicated web of companies and trusts to protect their wealth, the AP has found.

Dwight Gooden Headed to Rehab in Cocaine Plea Deal [Asbury Park Press]
Following his June arrest, former pitching ace Dwight "Doc" Gooden has pleaded guilty to cocaine possession. He may avoid jail time if he completes a treatment program for substance use disorder.

Vitamin E Suspected in Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis [NPR]
High levels of vitamin E in vaping cartridges could be the common denominator in the spike in people suffering severe lung damage across the country. The investigation is ongoing.

Scientists Unveil Weed Breathalyzer, Launching Debate Over Next Steps [NPR]
A new "weed breathalyzer" that can detect THC in a person's breath has been unveiled. But while the device is preparing for mass production, experts say there is still a long way to go before we have a device that can detect actual impairment. 

Jason Wahler Made Amends to Lauren Conrad as Part of His Recovery Journey [People]
Jason Wahler reconciled with his ex-girlfriend and The Hills co-star Lauren Conrad as part of his recovery, he said. "It's freeing." The couple's rocky relationship was a focal point of the MTV reality series.

Court to Rule on Philadelphia's Proposed Safe Injection Sites [NPR]
The Justice Department and Safehouse are in court to decide whether the organization has a right to open SIFs in Philadelphia. "Our purpose is not to provide for the use of drugs. But rather, our purpose is to save lives."

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