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Young M.A checked herself into a drug and alcohol abuse facility for treatment of alcohol and opioid abuse and mental health problems, sources say.

Friends say Young M.A, real name Katorah Marrero, admitted herself into rehab after feeling suicidal. She made the announcement on her Instagram page over the weekend.

"Bouta lose this addiction.. [on my way] to rehab," she wrote.

The 29-year-old Brooklyn native is best known for her viral hit single "Ooouuu", which garnered over 360 million views on YouTube.

The male-identified rapper was nominated for BET and MTV Artist of the Year and Female Hip-Hop Artist of the Year awards.

In 2018, Young M.A was featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30, and she received a proclamation from New York City.

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However, Young M.A suffered from mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.

"I deal with that - deal with anxiety and depression," she said. "A lot of people may not know that. It's not always glitter and gold. It's a lot," she said in a livestream interview with XXL magazine during the Covid lockdown.

She said her immediate family has a history of mental health problems, and she believes in "self healing".

"I don't believe in, like... a therapist, I done had that, like I've had therapy. It just never worked for me."

People in the LGBT+ community are 50% more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and substance abuse than heterosexuals.
 

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Amanda, a drug addict who was featured in the YouTube series "Soft White Underbelly" has passed away at an in-patient drug treatment center.

Her cause of death was not disclosed. A drug relapse and self-harm have been ruled out. She was 25.

A drug toxicology report revealed she had only Tylenol in her system.

Amanda was featured in the web series discussing her cocaine addiction and her struggle to stay clean. Her death was confirmed in a video posted by the channel on May 15.

The video was captioned: "Soft White Underbelly interview with Lima and Amanda's father, Larry who speak about the tragic passing of Amanda this week."

In the video, therapist Lima Jevremovic says she believes that Amanda's cause of death was a result of natural causes, and she sustained brain damage from brutal rapes and assaults while on the street.

The video has garnered more than 540,000 views as of May 16, 2021.
 

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Health officials are having trouble getting frontline healthcare workers and the Black community to voluntarily roll up their sleeves for experimental Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

After vaccinating the elderly in nursing homes in NY state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that residents in drug rehab facilities run by the state will be get the vaccines next.

Cuomo's announcement during a Monday press conference sparked speculation that drug addicts will be used as guinea pigs since they are easily accessible in one place.

Cuomo said as much when he noted the "dense living conditions" of the drug rehab facility.

He said drug addicts were being prioritized over nurses and doctors because "That's where you have a lot of people living in concentration."

He also announced $1 million in fines and possible jail time in a crackdown on vaccines fraud.

New York health clinics and doctors who fraudulently obtain or distribute coronavirus vaccines will face fines of up to $1 million and revocation of their state licenses.

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