Disney bans smoking at all theme parks, thousands of teens march in rally against drug abuse, Manhattan doctor sentenced to 20 years in prison for opioid prescribing and death.
Thousands of Teens March in Rally Against Drug Abuse [WVXU]
The “We Are The Majority” rally against drug abuse kicked off in Columbus, Ohio, with thousands of teenagers marching. Governor Mike DeWine was also there. “They’re carrying a message that… a majority of kids do not do drugs, I think that’s a pretty powerful message.”
New York Bans Alcohol Ads on Most City Property [NY Times]
The City of New York has banned alcohol advertising on most city-owned properties including bus shelters, newsstands, recycling bins and wifi kiosks. City officials say the loss of ad revenue is offset by lessening the burden of problem drinking.
Former Inmate Now Rutgers Peer Health Navigator for Opioid Use Disorder Recovery [Daily Targum]
Joseph Hughes has been through substance abuse, drug dealing, violence, and multiple prison stints. But he’s now on the other end of it all, as a peer health navigator for people like him going through a prison treatment program.
Texas Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Bill [Forbes]
A bill that would decriminalize marijuana possession—by giving out fines instead of arresting people—has passed the Texas House of Representatives. It’s now headed to the state Senate.
Mary Lambert, Royce da 5’9″ Added to MusiCares Concert Honoring Macklemore [Recording Academy]
Two more artists join the lineup for the upcoming MusiCares concert in LA, where rapper Macklemore will be honored for his addiction-recovery advocacy. They join Kesha and Fitz and the Tantrums.
Disney Full-Park Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect [WPVI]
As of Wednesday, smoking is no longer allowed anywhere inside a Disney theme park. This includes water parks and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Manhattan Doc Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Careless Opioid Prescribing, Patient Death [SILive.com]
Dr. Martin Tesher prescribed opioids to patients while having reason to believe they were addicted to drugs, according to authorities. The doctor was sentenced to 20 years in prison. One of his patients, a 27-year-old Staten Island man, suffered a fatal overdose three years ago.
Perspective: I’m Embarrassed by my Prenatal Depression [NY Times]
A mom reflects on her experience with prenatal depression. For her, the decision to take medication for it was not a question. She examines her feelings of embarrassment for taking antidepressants throughout her pregnancy.