Morning Roundup: Apr. 30, 2019

Morning Roundup: Apr. 30, 2019

Florida college allegedly flags mentally ill applicants, ‘The Manic Monologues’ debuts with mental health focus, lawmakers say research will continue to stall if marijuana remains in Schedule I.

Florida School Criticized Over Its Approach to Applicants Who Bring Up Mental Health [Inside Higher Ed]
A Florida college allegedly flags mentally ill applicants, according to two former students. The college is defending the practice, saying that it is part of its “holistic admissions process,” and does not intend to discriminate.

What Vermont Might Learn from Iceland About Preventing Substance Abuse [VPR]
Can the “Icelandic method” help mitigate our own drug crisis? This method has seen success in Iceland, by “creating healthy policy-assisted environments for young people.”

Feeding the Opioid Crisis Brought Fat Bonuses, Good Times at Rochester Drug Cooperative [Democrat & Chronicle]
A deeper look at the rise of Rochester Drug Cooperative, the first drug distributor to be federally charged with drug trafficking. The company’s long history and the role that former CEO Laurence Doud III, who is also charged, played in boosting the company’s profits.

Recovering from Rehab: Work-Based Therapy in the United States [Al Jazeera]
The high demand for affordable drug addiction treatment has yielded some questionable rehab programs. Some “work-based rehab” programs involve working unpaid jobs and dangerous workplaces.

University of Nebraska Gets $12M to Study Rural Drug Abuse [KSFY]
A five-year federal grant was given to the University of Nebraska to study challenges associated with rural drug use in the Midwest. Researchers will track 600 rural drug users in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

Perspective: If Marijuana Remains a Schedule I Drug, We Can Never Do the Research Everyone Knows We Need [NBC News]
In this op-ed, Reps. Earl Carter and Earl Blumenauer make the case for removing marijuana from the federal government’s Schedule I category. Right now, marijuana’s “dangerous drug” classification is impeding important research on the plant.

A Play That Hopes To Smash the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness [Washington Post]
The Manic Monologues is a new play that gives a voice to people whose lives were touched by mental illness, Vagina Monologues style. The play debuts this Thursday at Stanford University.

Transcript: Remarks By President Trump at Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit []
Last week, Trump spoke at the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia along with the First Lady. “We’re making tremendous progress.”

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