Morning Roundup: Nov. 12, 2018

Morning Roundup: Nov. 12, 2018 1

Cop who arrested his own daughter changes his mind about the war on drugs, Jeff Tweedy writes about anxiety and drug use, Scottish city branded ‘drug death capital of Europe.’

Narcotics Officer Ends His War on Drugs [Atlantic]
A police officer changes his mind about the war on drugs. Kevin Simmers spent his career locking up drug users, including his own daughter. 

Jeff Tweedy on Addiction, Anxiety and ‘A Ghost Is Born’ [Rolling Stone]
An excerpt from Jeff Tweedy’s new memoir. The Wilco guitarist reflects on growing up with anxiety and his drug use. 

Why This Scottish City Is Known as the ‘Drug Death Capital of Europe’ [Vice]
This Scottish city has the highest per capita drug death rate in Europe. But it’s not heroin or fentanyl that’s causing concern. Benzodiazepine-related deaths are rising.

Veteran Fights Addiction with Exercise, Wants to Help Others [KXAN]
A military veteran in recovery found “freedom through fitness.” Spartan races and 12-step fellowship got him through the pain of addiction. He now wants to help others do the same.

The FDA But With Guns: Little-Known Office Tracks Down Counterfeit Drugs [STAT News]
Meet the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations. These FDA agents are armed with guns and can arrest people. They collected $455 million in fines and restitution in 2017 alone.

Artie Lange Checks Into Rehab: ‘I’m About to Take a Big Step to Help Myself’ []
Comedian Artie Lange is heading to in-patient rehab. He’s hoping that this time, the program will “save my life.” Lange pleaded guilty to heroin possession in December. 

America’s Multimillion-Dollar Bounty Program Just for Drug Lords [Bloomberg]
A little-known State Department program has been handing out millions of dollars to snitches for more than 30 years. The Narcotics Rewards Program has given out $108 million to drug traffickers since its inception.

5 Years Sober, County Board Member Discusses Addiction, Recovery [Wausau Daily Herald]
Ashley Lange was elected to the Marathon County Board this spring. But in her past life, she was a “high-functioning drunk.” She shares her story with the Wausau Daily Herald.

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