Morning Roundup: May 1, 2019

Morning Roundup: May 1, 2019

60 Minutes producer confronts accused Chinese fentanyl maker, alcohol advertising in sports is fueling drinking culture, 2020 candidate Amy Klobuchar lays out criminal justice reform plan.

My Life as a Closet Smoker: How I Hid the Truth from the Ones I Loved [CBC]
Cigarettes became a source of comfort for this writer—but anxiety and fear came with it. “Twenty years ago, my dad had his last cigarette. That was also the day he had his first heart attack.”

Profound Experiences Linked to Mental Health Benefits [Johns Hopkins University]
Encounters with God or other spiritual epiphanies and their impact on well-being are the subject of this Johns Hopkins study. The survey respondents included people who experienced God with/without taking psychedelic substances.

Alcohol Ads in Sport Fuel Drinking Culture [Monash University]
The global alcohol industry accounts for roughly 20% of all sports sponsorships. How does this impact attitudes toward drinking? 

‘What Do You Say to Parents Whose Children Died Taking Your Drugs?’ [60 Minutes]
On last Sunday’s 60 Minutes, producer Bob Anderson is seen in Shanghai “ambushing” a man accused of distributing fentanyl to the U.S. This report gives a more in-depth look at the drug maker “Gordon Jin.”

Teen Drug-Dealing Convictions Up Two-Thirds in Five Years in England and Wales [Guardian]
The number of teens 14-18 years old convicted for possession with intent to sell drugs in England and Wales rose by more than two-thirds in five years, according to a new report. Advocates say that criminalizing young people is not the answer.

Amy Klobuchar Has a Plan to Reverse the Drug War—And Doesn’t Need Congress To Do It [Vox]
U.S. Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar laid out her criminal justice reform plan in a recent op-ed. Establishing a clemency advisory board and a White House criminal justice reform adviser are included in her plan.

What Happens to the Drugs That Get Taken from ‘Drug Take Back’ Events? [WTMJ]
Last Saturday was another DEA Drug Take Back Day. What happens after your drop off your unused drugs? 

A New Movement Aims to Vastly Deregulate an Addiction Treatment [STAT News]
Why can’t doctors who prescribe opioids also prescribe drugs to treat opioid addiction? That’s the question fueling a movement to expand access to addiction medicine.

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