Morning Roundup: June 25, 2019

By The Fix staff 06/25/19

Dopey speaks with the BBC, university Greek Life connected with high rate of overdoses, and the debate surrounding marijuana use and the second amendment.

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Dopey: 'We Needed Somewhere to Tell Wild Drug Stories' [BBC]
The story of Dopey, the popular drug-themed podcast founded by two buddies in recovery. Even after the passing of Chris—one half of the dynamic duo behind Dopey—the podcast continues to be a voice for the community.

At LSU, How a Bright Future Ended Amid Rise in Prescription Drug Abuse [The Advocate]
"it seems to me that LSU has a surprising number of kids dying there, between the drug overdoses and the hazing." Eight LSU students have died from accidental drug overdoses since the beginning of 2015.

Drug Users Armed with Naloxone Double as Medics on Streets of San Francisco [KHN]
Data suggests that in San Francisco, drug users may be reversing as many overdoses as paramedics—or more. "It would make sense that when they are equipped with naloxone, they are much more likely to reverse an overdose."

Federal Health Agencies Acknowledge Therapeutic Potential of Psychedelics [Marijuana Moment]
A letter by leading federal health officials contained surprising admissions about the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin, LSD and ibogaine. 

She Came to South Florida to Beat Drug Addiction. Then She Disappeared. [Sun Sentinel]
While the specifics of Jenna Jacobsen's death are under investigation, her family insists her tragic journey to South Florida began with a good-faith effort to find treatment for her drug addiction.

Can Weed Users Be Trusted with Guns? A Battle in America's Heartland. [Guardian]
Legalization has reached the conservative heartland of the United States, inevitably triggering the debate surrounding marijuana use and the second amendment. 

Perspective: Our Son Took His Own Life After Gambling Addiction [BBC]
At 24 years of age, Jack Richie died by suicide after a battle with gambling addiction that his parents say is "not unlike a heroin addiction." The couple has since founded the non-profit organization Gambling with Lives.

Quitting Alcohol Can Be Socially Isolating, But a Non-Drinking Club Offers Sober Fun and Support [ABC]
Untoxicated is a support group that began in Brisbane, Australia in early 2018. And in just a short time the community has grown to more than 1,100. "It was all good once you got there." 

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