Morning Roundup: May 17, 2019

Morning Roundup: May 17, 2019

North Carolina sues Juul, Health Canada approves injectable hydromorphone for substance use disorder, Demi Lovato reflects on role of supportive friends during her ‘darkest moments.’

North Carolina Sues Juul, Setting Up Fresh Legal Fight for Embattled E-Cigarette Company [Washington Post]
North Carolina is the first state to pursue legal action against the popular e-cigarette company. Juul is accused of “deceptively downplaying the potency and danger of nicotine” and targeting underage consumers.

The Benefits of Quitting Drinking Didn’t Make All My Dreams Come True [Glamour]
Intrigued by the “sober curious” movement, this writer gave abstinence a shot. It wasn’t exactly what she expected. “Giving up alcohol didn’t instantly turn me into the glowing goddess of health everyone promised.”

Health Canada Approves Injectable Hydromorphone to Treat Opioid Addiction [CBC]
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) is now approved for the treatment of severe opioid use disorder. Canada is the first country to approve the drug for this purpose.

New Initiatives: Targeting the Opioid Crisis [Harvard Medical School]
A recent donation to Harvard Medical School will help fund substance use disorder prevention/treatment strategies in communities affected by opioid abuse.

Demi Lovato Thanks Friends for Helping Her Through Her ‘Darkest Moments’ [People]
Singer Demi Lovato showed gratitude to the people in her life who supported her through hard times. “Thank you for never leaving me in my darkest moments… But most importantly you never abandoned me like others did when I was going through s—t.”

Philadelphia’s OD Deaths Dip Overall in 2018 But Are ‘Still at Crisis Levels’ [Philly Inquirer]
The Department of Public Health reports that while the number of drug-related deaths declined in most demographic groups, they escalated among people aged 55 and older. Nevertheless, this is the first time the number has gone down since 2013.

Former Heroin User Runs Rehab Center with a Different View of Abstinence [NPR]
“When the whole world rejects you, stop by at Rumah Singgah.” That’s the official motto of a unique Indonesian treatment program that does not penalize participants who are not totally abstinent. “The clients have to decide what’s best for them.”

Jackson Mom Saved Son from Heroin Overdose. Now She Counsels Others on Addiction. [Asbury Park Press]
A quick-thinking mom who was able to revive her son from a drug overdose is now a certified counselor for families coping with substance abuse. The traumatic moment sparked her desire to help others.

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