Morning Roundup: Apr. 2, 2019

Morning Roundup: Apr. 2, 2019

Ambulance debt financially cripples the most vulnerable, former NBA player’s childhood friend helps addiction-recovery efforts through Herren Project, and former golfer says his son’s death triggered a relapse.

Taken for a Ride: How Ambulance Debt Afflicts the Extreme Poor [American Prospect]
A report on how something as simple as a ride to the hospital can be financially crippling. This is true especially for people recovering from difficult situations.

Two Ohio Mothers Open Up About Their Sons’ Drug Addictions [NPR]
A transcript of a conversation between two moms last year. Both of their young adult sons struggled with drug addiction. Now, they are both in treatment.

HBO Interview: David Feherty Reveals He Suffered Relapse After Son’s Death [Golf Digest]
Former golfer and NBC commentator David Feherty lost his son to a drug overdose in 2017. “He was lost in so many ways. Reminded me a lot of me.”

The Challenge of Going Off Psychiatric Drugs [The New Yorker]
A detailed account of one woman’s experience with psychiatric drugs from a young age. She survived years of different diagnoses and medications, and a suicide attempt, to get where she is now. 

After Addiction Derailed His Hoop Dreams, He’s Helping Others Through the Herren Project [South Coast Today]
Much like his childhood friend and former NBA player Chris Herren, Kevin Mikolazyk struggled with substance abuse. Now, he’s the executive director of the Herren Project, a non-profit recovery organization.

Baltimore’s Forgotten Opioid Epidemic [Vox]
This report highlights the toll of the drug crisis on Baltimore’s urban communities. Lack of funding makes it all the more difficult to provide the help that the city needs.

After Losing Their Daughter, Family Tries to Fight Opioids in Their Community [VPR]
A family that lost their daughter in February is helping people like her fight addiction by opening a community-based recovery center in her memory. “She was sober for 55 days and then made one call and four days later she was gone.” 

Social Media Addiction Is Not Natural or Normal—But Is It Really a Disease? [Guardian]
This columnist suggests that instead of demonizing and pathologizing social media use, we should “be focusing on living with it, rather than abandoning, restricting or censoring it.”

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