Morning Roundup: Jan. 24, 2019

Morning Roundup: Jan. 24, 2019

How the government shutdown has affected the opioid crisis, inside the schools that support teens in recovery, and mayors experience supervised drug consumption sites firsthand.

The Shutdown’s Effect on the Opioid Epidemic [WNYC]
It’s the 34th day of the partial government shutdown. How has the lack of federal funding affected efforts to mitigate the opioid crisis?

Inside the Specialized Recovery High Schools for Teens with Addiction [TIME]
“Recovery schools” help young people earn their diplomas while supporting their sobriety. For these students, mental health and sobriety come first. 

The Costs of Perpetual Wrong Thinking About Addiction [Psychology Today]
Stanton Peele responds to Joe Biden’s recent apology for supporting tough-on-drugs legislation. The former U.S. senator said it was a “big mistake” that disproportionately affected black Americans. 

Mayors Describe ‘Eye-Opening’ Visits to Clinics That Supervise Drug Use [WBUR]
Two Massachusetts mayors observed legal drug use in harm reduction facilities in Montreal and Toronto. They tell WBUR about their visit.

Medical Marijuana Can Now Be Used to Treat Opioid Addiction in NJ []
Opioid addiction is now a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in New Jersey. The state will also direct funding to expand local harm reduction programs.

Philadelphia Jail Scrambles to Find Doctors Who Can Prescribe Addiction Treatment [WHYY]
Almost a year ago, Philadelphia inmates were given access to addiction medicine. But now officials say there is a shortage of doctors who can prescribe the medication.

Texas Launches Website to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse [Houston Chronicle]
Texas has launched a new website to offer information about substance use disorder and how to support someone in need. Texans can also find out where to dispose of unused prescription drugs and a hotline to call for those who are struggling.

Canada’s Shortage of Legal Cannabis Expected to Drag Out for Years [CBC]
After legalizing cannabis last year, Canada is already experiencing a shortage of the herb. One industry insider predicts that the shortage will continue until 2022.

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