Morning Roundup: May 29, 2019

Morning Roundup: May 29, 2019

WHO recognizes video game addiction as mental health disorder, first state opioid trial begins in Oklahoma, leaked Mac Miller song contain lyrics about family relationships and drug use.

Drug Company To Face First Opioid Trial in Oklahoma as Families of the Dead Seek Recompense [Washington Post]
Oklahoma is seeking billions from Johnson & Johnson for exacerbating the opioid crisis. The first state trial of the opioid crisis commenced on Tuesday.

Video Game Addiction Is a Mental Health Disorder, World Health Organization Says [NBC News]
The World Health Organization has officially recognized video game addiction as a mental health disorder. “Some of the worst cases… were of gamers playing for up to 20 hours a day, forgoing sleep, meals, work or school and other daily activities.”

The Improvised Life: Sam Miltich Takes His Message of Jazz and Mental Health Across State [MPR News]
A local musician’s story of confronting a diagnosis of schizophrenia. “I thought, well, I’m toast. I’ve seen how people with schizophrenia get treated. They’re going to think I’m dangerous, or they’ll think I’m stupid and incapable.”

Tired of Being ‘Dope Sick,’ A Drug User Gets Help from Police to Get Sober [NPR]
The journey of a Washington drug user who was helped by local police—part of a larger national effort to connect people to treatment through local law enforcement.

Leaked Mac Miller Song Details Heartbreaking Relationship with Drugs and Family [Refinery 29]
A song that recently appeared on SoundCloud is allegedly a leaked track from rapper Mac Miller, who died of a fatal overdose last year. “They told me don’t make a promise you can’t keep/ All the drugs in your system, you can’t sleep.”

Planned Old Louisville Brewery Draws Mixed Reaction From Nearby Nonprofits [WFPL]
People in recovery are concerned about the proximity of their living quarters and a new brewery. However, they concede that having a cafe/restaurant component instead of focusing on the beer could be positive for the community.

Medical Schools Are Changing the Way They Teach Treatment for Pain, Opioid Addiction [WBUR]
WBUR reports on the new generation of doctors learning to start with empathy as they rethink their entire approach to treating patients with opioid use disorders.

Cities and States Look to Big Pharma to Cover Costs of the Opioid Epidemic [NPR]
As Oklahoma’s opioid trial tests the limits of Big Pharma’s liability, people affected by the brunt of the opioid crisis say they deserve significant monetary compensation to cover the negative impact of widespread drug abuse, addiction and overdose.

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