Morning Roundup: May 16, 2019

Morning Roundup: May 16, 2019

Couple documents hard drug using lifestyle on Instagram, scientists identify 70 more genes linked to serious mental illness, bishop involved in fatal DUI gets fresh start after prison release.

Not Alone: How Five Lawyers Triumphed Over Illness and Addiction [Law.com]
Five unique stories from the legal profession about overcoming mental health and substance use disorder—including lawyer Lisa Smith

‘I Instagrammed My Boyfriend’s Drug Habit’ [BBC]
Warning: Contains images of drug paraphernalia. A couple that met in AA has opened their lives to the social media community. “Lisa” documents “Elliot’s” journey as a drug user. “It’s not an exhibition. It’s the completely real experiences of a former heroin addict.”

Scientists Discover Dozens of Genes Linked to Serious Mental Illnesses [ABC]
Australian scientists have identified 70 previously unknown genes linked to serious mental illness—including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and ADHD. 

‘Cocaine Mitch’ Swag Buys Years More Marijuana Prohibition [Forbes]
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to sell swag emblazoned with “Cocaine Mitch,” a nickname given to him by a political opponent, is ruffling feathers on both sides of the aisle.

From Addiction to Academia: How One Ohio State Lecturer Turned His Life Into a Lesson [Lantern]
“Hi, my name is Chris Hart, and I am a long-time recovering addict.” Hart’s chemical dependency class at the College of Pharmacy teaches students about substance use disorder and recovery.

Olympic Cycling Champion Tells Court ‘a Fantastic Lifestyle’ Led to Drug Abuse [ABC]
Two-time Olympic silver medalist Back Bobridge testified in court, denying claims that he provided ecstasy to a friend. He said that as a top cyclist he was living the high life, during which he engaged in “some stuff” he ultimately regretted.

Once a Bishop, Now a ‘Poster Child’ for Alcoholism, Heather Cook Seeks to Make Amends [Religion News]
In 2014, not long after becoming the first woman bishop in the Diocese of Maryland, Heather Cook drank and drove, killing a bicyclist. Now stripped of her role in the church, Cook left prison on May 14. As a free woman, she’ll spend her life making amends. 

Leading US Prosecutors Visit Portugal to Learn About Drug Decriminalization [Marijuana Moment]
Twenty prosecutors have embarked on a tour of Portugal this month to observe the impact of the country’s decriminalization policy. In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs, opting to treat drug use as a health issue and not a crime.

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