Morning Roundup: Feb. 20, 2019

Morning Roundup: Feb. 20, 2019

Poker and karaoke bring people together at sober social club, alcohol problems grow from stronger booze, hospitals transform care of babies born dependent on drugs.

Perspective: My Daughter Was an Addict So I Took in Four of Her Children [Guardian]
A grandmother’s harrowing story of becoming a parent to her drug-addicted daughter’s young children. “My daughter took away my choices.”

Road Fatalities Halved During Alcohol Ban on Major Buddhist Holidays [The Nation]
Buddhist holidays have seen a significant decrease in road fatalities, according to safety experts. Many Buddhists abstain from alcohol during Buddhist Lent.

How Hospitals Are Transforming Care for Newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome [US News]
New mothers and babies receive better care, with a better chance of recovery, without the stigma of drug use, a doctor says. 

People in Recovery Find Strength, Camaraderie at Sober Social Club [KIVI]
Poker, pool, and karaoke bring people together at the Recovery Club of Nampa. Being able to socialize in a sober setting is a big part of their recovery.

Adopting a Healthier Lifestyle Is Vital to Staying Sober [Times Herald-Record]
Recovery is not only a spiritual transformation. Working on one’s physical health is a vital part of a healthy recovery, as well. 

To Tackle Addiction, the French Look Beyond Drugs to Care for the Person [NC Health News]
Opioid substitution, harm reduction centers and free support are commonplace in France. They are built on the harm reduction model and focus on improving public health, not punishing drug use. 

Alcohol Problems Grow as Booze Gets a Bigger Kick [WebMD]
New research suggests more people are dying from consuming drinks with high alcohol content. Drinking-related health problems grew faster than the consumption of alcohol.

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Pentagon Launches Prescription Monitoring Program to Curb Substance Abuse []
A new initiative will closely track the drugs patients receive, to crack down on substance abuse. Hospitals, clinics and pharmacies will share prescription information in this coordinated effort.

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