Morning Roundup: June 18, 2019

Morning Roundup: June 18, 2019

Experts discuss safer alternatives to sleeping pills, Tim Allen calls sobriety his “biggest blessing,” parents who use medical marijuana sound off on stigma.

Tim Allen Talks ‘Toy Story 4’ and Celebrating 21 Years of Sobriety [Parade]
The Home Improvement star called sobriety “the biggest blessing in my life.” Allen is Buzz Lightyear once again in the new Toy Story 4.

Police: High School Students Caught With 3,200 Fentanyl Pills [CBS Los Angeles]
Three San Luis high schoolers were arrested after allegedly being found in possession of more than 3,200 pills of fentanyl. Two will be charged as adults.

Early Evidence of Cannabis Smoking Found on Chinese Artifacts [NPR]
The study of an ancient Chinese cemetery yielded artifacts suggesting the use of cannabis in funeral rituals. “Now we know the ancients also valued the plant for its psychoactive properties.”

How a Homeless Mom Beat Addiction and Now Helps Thousands [People]
Stephanie Bowman became sober in 1999 and has dedicated her life to helping others. She founded One Heart for Women and Children, an Orlando-based charity. Here’s her story.

Tritonal’s Chad Cisneros on Dance Music and Sobriety: ‘I’m Not Here to Judge’ [Billboard]
Thirteen-and-a-half years sober, music artist Chad Cisneros went from being a rave kid “eating lots of LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, ecstasy” to being a sober dance music artist who is mindful about good health. “I don’t think that sobriety is the key to your character traits or defects.”

Perspective: What It’s Like to Be a Parent Who Medicates with Cannabis [Leafly]
Medical marijuana-using parents face a special kind of scrutiny. Here’s what they say about being a parent and using medical marijuana.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Without Drugs [NY Times]
As many as 20-30% of people sleep poorly. These experts say there are better, safer and more long-lasting alternatives to pills to treat this issue.

President and First Lady Meet to Discuss Government’s Response to Opioid Crisis [C-SPAN]
Donald and Melania Trump met with federal officials to discuss the administration’s response to the opioid epidemic. Secretaries of Labor, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security attended the meeting.

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