Surgeon General opens up about brother’s addiction. College student sues school for punishing her for medical marijuana. Woman who struggled for decades found recovery through church.
Ask Amy: Online Addict Worries About Relationship [Washington Post]
A wife endangered her marriage with her “addiction” to social media and sexting. Amy calls her out on her “choice” to label her behavior as something more serious. Who is right?
Bernie Sanders Released a Plan to Legalize Marijuana—At 4:20 PM [Vox]
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that he will legalize marijuana through executive order, if elected. His plan would also address criminal justice reform and evening the playing field for those affected by the drug war.
Surgeon General: ‘Addiction Can Happen to Anyone,’ Even My Brother [Roll Call]
U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, revealed that his brother is living with substance use disorder. “He’s currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for crimes committed to support his addiction.”
Perspective: She Was Looking for a Drink. She Found Faith. [NY Times]
Glorida Espada stumbled upon a church one day, on her way to a bar. She had struggled for 42 years with substance abuse. She found her calling in church and ministering to those in need.
Student Expelled for Using Prescribed Medical Marijuana To Sue the College [USA Today]
After being escorted out of class like a “criminal,” student Sheida Assar was booted from GateWay Community College for her use of medical marijuana. She says she will sue the school for violating her rights under Arizona’s medical marijuana law.
Santa Cruz Harm Reduction Coalition To Launch New Clean Syringe Delivery Plan [KION]
The Harm Reduction Coalition of Santa Cruz County has revised and re-submitted its plan to provide clean syringe services. Home delivery, needle exchange and proper disposal is their focus.
The Real Cost of the Opioid Epidemic: An Estimated $179 Billion in Just One Year [NPR]
The proposed opioid settlements don’t come close to making up for the real cost of the national opioid epidemic. Here’s a look at the economic impact of opioid abuse and overdose.
Sober Workplace: The Bartenders Embracing Abstinence [Spirits Business]
“I think I would be dead if I hadn’t stopped drinking.” Once this New York bartender gave up drinking, he found a whole community of people in the industry who did the same.