Morning Roundup: Mar. 15, 2019

Morning Roundup: Mar. 15, 2019

NJ considers adding mental health education to public schools, Sega halts game sales in Japan after cocaine arrest, Atlanta police will no longer ask applicants about marijuana use.

If Sobriety Isn’t an Option, Harm Reduction Can Work for Homeless People with Alcoholism [Seattle Times]
In a study of homeless individuals, meeting with a clinician and talking through problems/goals was effective in reducing alcohol consumption over time. The findings suggest this is a viable alternative to abstinence programs.  

Community Mourns the Loss of Local Musician and Pastor in Recovery [WBBJ]
Pastor John Kilzer is remembered for his ability to connect with his community, especially those living with addiction. “John is going to be missed. This is a shock to our community.”

Atlanta Police Will No Longer Ask About Marijuana Use on Applications [WSB]
The Atlanta Police Department will no longer ask job applicants if they have recently used marijuana. The department maintains that it does not condone marijuana use in its police officers once they are hired.

Report: Global ‘Pandemic’ of Fake Drugs Killing Children Worldwide [CNN]
A surge of poor-quality or outright fake medicines are killing hundreds of thousands of children each year, according to a new report. A global coordinated effort is needed to address the vast networks of illegal medicines, say experts.

Japan Sega Game Sales Halted After Cocaine Arrest [BBC]
Sega is pulling all mention of a video game in Japan, after a Japanese actor who plays a Yakuza gangster in the game was busted for cocaine use. Japan has strict laws against drug use. 

35 Charged with Trafficking Heroin, Fentanyl in Chicago Area [NBC Chicago]
The multi-year investigation “Operation Road Rage” has culminated in charges against 35 people for heroin and fentanyl trafficking. Authorities seized a kilogram of heroin and fentanyl as part of the investigation. 

UNAIDS Chief: 99% of Intravenous Drug Users Lack Access to Health, Social Services [UN News]
A lack of comprehensive, evidence-based approaches is negatively affecting the health of people who inject drugs (PWID), according to UNAIDS. A new report states that more than half of the 10.6 million PWID in 2016 were living with hepatitis C.

Mental Health Education Starting in Kindergarten? [NJ Spotlight]
The New Jersey legislature is considering legislation that would include mental health education in public schools. Some of these programs could start as early as kindergarten.

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