Morning Roundup: Apr. 10, 2019

By The Fix staff 04/10/19

Michigan families fight controversial prison/drug visitation policy, students at UNC Chapel Hill weigh benefits of medical marijuana, Illinois sues Purdue Pharma.

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Michigan Prisons' Controversial Policy: No Visitation Rights for Substance Abuse Violators [Marshall Project]
A 1995 visitation policy targets prisoners with substance use violations—barring anyone but their lawyer or minister from seeing them. The policy, which families have been fighting for years, affected nearly 1,100 Michigan prisoners in 2017.

Illinois Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Purdue Pharma [WTTW]
Illinois is the latest to file suit against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma. "Opioid addiction has destroyed lives and families throughout Illinois."

Gambling For His Life: Online Gaming Addiction Nearly Cost One Man Everything [Vancouver Sun]
Tyler Hatch's gambling addiction cost him half a million dollars, and nearly took his life. He's now sharing his story to help others. "It wasn't about winning or losing. It was about the rush of the game."

Safehouse Addresses the Public, Vows More Community Input on Supervised Drug Injection Site [Philadelphia Tribune]
The organization planning to establish the nation's first supervised injection facility (SIF) in Philadelphia faced backlash from community members, who reportedly 'overwhelmingly opposed' its plans. Safehouse is considering several locations for the SIFs. 

What Happens to Student Health if NC Legislature Passes the Medical Marijuana Bill? [Daily Tar Heel]
The student newspaper at UNC Chapel Hill mulls the impact of legalizing medical cannabis in the Tar Heel State. The state General Assembly is considering a bill to do just that. 

A City Van Claiming to Help Heroin Users Went Missing. Then DC Covered It Up. [Washington City Paper]
A government agency is accused of "substantial fraud" by faking a mobile recovery service through its contractor, Andromeda Transcultural Health. Despite its failure to get the job done, Andromeda reportedly still has a contract with the agency.

As Drug Crises Surge, Babies Enter Foster Care at Higher Rate [Pew Charitable Trusts]
Toddlers and babies are entering the foster care system at a higher rate. Some speculate that rising drug abuse is the cause of this trend that is straining the already over-burdened child welfare system. 

Illinois Community Warming to Local Woman's Harm Reduction Approach [Daily Herald]
Lyndsay Hartman started Point to Point to distribute harm reduction supplies to drug users. She has the support of the county sheriff—but not everyone agrees with her work.

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