Morning Roundup: July 1, 2019

By The Fix staff 07/01/19

West Virginia's free tuition program now requires passing drug tests, heroin users participate in "photovoice" project, former warden allegedly accepted drugs for personal use from pharmaceutical company.

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In West Virginia, Free College—After Students Pass a Drug Test [CBS News]
Students seeking free college tuition in West Virginia must pass a drug test each semester. It is the first state to add this requirement for a student to qualify for free tuition.

Gambling Addict's Parents Launch Action to Hold Government Liable for His Death [Guardian]
Charles and Liz Ritchie, who lost their 24-year-old son Jack, is urging the government to increase regulation on gambling and to warn the public about the risks associated with gambling. "Any suicide connected with gambling harm is one too many."

Malaysia Plans to Decriminalize Drug Use to Battle Addiction [Miami Herald]
Despite having one of the world's harshest penalties for drug possession (death), the Malaysian government is planning to decriminalize small amounts of illegal drugs—acknowledging that addiction is a health issue, not a crime.

Eight Months After Kensington's Disaster Declaration, Progress Tempered by the Realities of the Opioid Crisis [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington still has a long way to go before it is cured of its drug issues. Despite a slew of initiatives by the city, Kensington is still plagued by drug use.

Feds: Former Warden Accepted Prescription Drugs, Gifts [US News]
A former superintendent of a Virginia jail accepted prescription drugs from a pharmaceutical company that did business with the jail, according to federal authorities. John Marshal Higgins also has a number of other misconduct allegations against him.

'I Feel Trapped': Photos Capture Experiences of People Who Use Drugs [WTTW]
A photography project collected photo submissions from 25 people who use heroin, giving them a platform to express their "photovoice" via images captured through their eyes. 

Can a Psychedelic Drug Save the Terminally Ill from Their Deepest Fears of Death? [The Age]
Specialists at a Melbourne hospital are set to investigate a new form of relief for those facing death who are struggling with severe depression: a drug linked with magic mushrooms.

Fentanyl Rising as Killer in San Francisco—57 Dead in a Year [SF Chronicle]
Fentanyl has apparently surpassed other opioid substances as the leading cause of opioid overdose deaths in San Francisco. "Fentanyl has just flooded the market."

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