Morning Roundup: Nov. 9, 2018

Morning Roundup: Nov. 9, 2018 1

Remembering long-time harm reduction advocate Mike Henry, new subway posters target mental health stigma, Florida rapper to launch line of cannabis-infused flavored syrups to replace “lean.”

Trailblazer Mike Henry Advocated for Vancouver Drug Users [Globe and Mail]
Harm reduction advocate Mike Henry has died at the age of 74. He is remembered for his advocacy of drug users’ rights.

New Subway Posters Aim to Erase Stigma Around Mental Health [Toronto Star]
Mental health is the theme of a new poster series that will be on display in the Toronto subway starting this month. The project’s goal is to raise money to benefit underprivileged children and more, and to erase mental health stigma.

Cigarette Smoking in U.S. Reaches All-Time Low [UPI]
The CDC says cigarette-smoking is at an all-time low in the United States. The most dramatic decline occurred among young adults.

Boulder County Voters Approve Alternative Sentencing Facility for Jail [Daily Camera]
Early election results show that 75% voted in favor of a ballot measure to improve the Boulder County Jail. This includes building an alternative sentencing facility that would offer programs for people struggling with mental health and substance use issues.

Man Who Battled Drug Addiction Giving Back to His Community [Our Quad Cities]
Brian Smith is giving back “what I took from this generation.” He is in recovery from drug addiction as a teenager. Now, through his When I Grow Up program, he is planning to donate food to people in need this Thanksgiving.

FDA Got Flooded with Comments After Asking for Public Opinion on Cannabis [Regina Leader-Post]
Over 20,000 people responded to the FDA’s request for public comment on marijuana policy. This is ahead of next month’s global meeting on the classification of cannabis and other substances. 

Florida Rapper Launches THC Lean to Help People Battling Cough Syrup Addiction [XXL Mag]
Rapper Smokepurpp has launched a business venture to help people quit abusing cough syrup. His plan is to replace cough syrup with cannabis-infused flavored syrups and other cannabis products. 

Overdose Survivor Warns: Fentanyl in Other Drugs [Fosters]
Ryan Fowler is offering free fentanyl test strips in his community. The drug overdose survivor says all street drug users are at risk of fentanyl poisoning, not just opioid users.

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