Morning Roundup: Mar. 19, 2019

Morning Roundup: Mar. 19, 2019

Joe Walsh and Ringo Starr speak on sobriety and music, ‘Love Island’ deaths spark concern for reality stars’ mental health, city partners with Uber to give free rides to rehab.

Facebook, Google Should Pay Tax for Technology Addiction, Say UK Lawmakers [Fortune]
A group of lawmakers in the UK are taking a hard line against social media addiction. The bipartisan lawmakers say companies like Facebook and Google should do more to offset the toll of social media addiction.

Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr and the Mission to End America’s Addiction Crisis [Rolling Stone]
Rolling Stone interviews Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and Ringo Starr of the Beatles about sobriety and going public to help others. “The good news is, though, a lot of new artists are sober people.”

Cincinnati Will Send People to Drug Treatment in an Uber. The Goal: Help On Demand [Cincinnati Enquirer]
A new pilot program in Cincinnati is partnering with Uber to drive people to treatment facilities. People in need of treatment need only visit a local health center and be evaluated, before they are sent off to a hospital or treatment center.  

From ‘Meth Crisis’ to ‘Opioid Crisis’ to ‘Fentanyl and Meth Crisis’ To… [Cato Institute]
A brief commentary on the ongoing drug crises in the U.S. “Waging a war on drugs is like playing a game of Whac-a-mole… How many more will die or suffer needlessly before lawmakers wise up?

‘This Is Us’ Producer Discusses Kate’s Baby and Kevin’s Relapse [Entertainment Weekly]
Producer Isaac Aptaker reflects on another emotional episode of ‘This Is Us,’ in which Kevin is revealed to be sipping from a water bottle filled with vodka. He promptly lies to Zoe about it, signaling bigger issues.

6 Months After Springfield Casino Opens, Gambling Addiction Services Roll Out Slowly [WBUR]
Therapists are beginning to notice the effects of last year’s opening of a local MGM casino. Some patients have substituted gambling for shopping, and even substance use.

Love Island: Matt Hancock Says Reality Shows Must Support Mental Health [Guardian]
Reality TV shows have a responsibility to care for cast members who become famous, according to UK health secretary Matt Hancock. Over the last year, two people from the reality show have died.

Kellyanne Conway Dismisses Husband’s Concerns That Trump’s Mental Health Is Deteriorating [Washington Post]
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway brushed off her husband’s concerns that Trump’s mental condition is deteriorating. “Whether or not impeachment is in order, a serious inquiry needs to be made about this man’s condition of mind.”

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