Morning Roundup: Apr. 24, 2019

Morning Roundup: Apr. 24, 2019

Darryl Strawberry encourages sober fan, addiction research studies lacking participants, police officer pushes family man to recovery.

How People With Substance Use Disorders Can Help Addiction Research [Scientific American]
Studying addiction is important, but it’s not as easy to recruit people with substance use disorder for research. Social stigma, homelessness and a host of other factors make it difficult to connect people with SUD with important studies. 

Former MLB Star Darryl Strawberry Helping Fans Stay Sober [Page Six]
A sober fan’s brief but uplifting encounter with baseball great Darryl Strawberry at a sports bar. “Always remember to do it for yourself.”

Courage to Come Back: Now Sober, Woman Counsels Others in Recovery [Global News]
Geri Bemister overcame addictions and cancer, and went back to school so she may help others in recovery. “I think it’s really what I was meant to do.” 

A Serious Mental Health Crisis Is Turning Doctors to Drugs [Forbes]
One in three doctors/medical students in the UK use drugs and alcohol to cope with a mental health condition, according to a new survey. “The workforce has been pushed to a literal breaking point and all the causes need to be addressed.”

Former Pillar of the Community Spiraled into Drugs and Homelessness. Then Police Rescued Him. [CNN]
A man whose life spiraled out of control after a foot surgery left his family for the streets. “I had a decent, just regular middle-class life.” 

Online Casinos Ignored My Obvious Signs of Addiction, Says Gambler [Guardian]
A woman who lost $161,000 to online gambling said she was offered bonuses to keep betting. Despite exhibiting several warning signs of problem gambling, she was encouraged to keep playing. 

Massachusetts’ Contentious Tactic to Fight Its Opioid Crisis: Jailing Addicts [Guardian]
In Massachusetts, involuntarily committed men can end up in jail or prison, though no charges have been levied against them. This happens to more than 2,000 men for substance use disorder every year.

Jack Osbourne Marks ‘Toughest Year’ As He Celebrates 16 Years of Sobriety [USA Today]
Jack Osbourne reflected on the previous year as he reached another sober anniversary. “By far this has been not only the toughest year of my life but also the toughest year of my recovery.”

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