Many pharmacies fail to provide access to naloxone, death sentence prompts Malaysia to re-think drug laws, Switzerland experiments with prescription heroin program.

My Parents Think a Heart Attack Killed My Sister. Should I Tell Them She Overdosed? [Slate]
A reader is unsure if she should reveal her sister’s true cause of death to her family. Should she tell them it was a drug overdose, and not a heart attack? 

Many U.S. Drugstores Fail to Provide Naloxone for Opioid Overdoses [Reuters]
New research suggests that many U.S. pharmacies still do not stock naloxone or offer it without a prescription. This is despite a movement across the country to increase access to the opioid overdose “antidote.”

Medical Cannabis: Death Sentence Prompts Malaysia to Re-think Harsh Laws [BBC]
Will Malaysia become the first Asian country to legalize medical cannabis? The case of Muhammad Lukman, who was sentenced to death for providing cannabis oil as medicine, has spurred a public outcry over harsh drug policies. 

Anti-Addiction Drug Suboxone Tops Vermont’s Prescription Spending List [VT Digger]
The addiction medication Suboxone (buprenorphine) is the most-used prescription in Vermont’s public health insurance system. State officials say this is evidence that Vermont is increasing access to medication-assisted treatment.

Switzerland’s Experiment with Addiction Treatment [The Nation]
Exploring Switzerland’s prescription heroin treatment program. Proponents say the controversial drug-replacement therapy has allowed people to get their lives back on track and rebuild relationships with family and friends.

What It’s Like to Run the Biggest Drug Encyclopedia in the World [Vice]
Vice interviews Kenan Sulayman, the man behind PsychonautWiki. The Berlin-based software engineer goes over the drug encyclopedia’s early days and how drug use nearly compromised the project. 

10 Cannabis Executives Predict How Jeff Sessions’ Exit Will Affect the Marijuana Industry [Entrepreneur]
Now that anti-marijuana Jeff Sessions is out as U.S. Attorney General, how will the cannabis industry be affected? Some key players in the industry predict the future of cannabis policy post-Sessions.

Colerain Township Turns Firehouses Into Safe Stations for Opioid Addicts [Local 12]
In one Ohio township, firehouses now double as safe stations for drug users. So far two people have been helped by the new program. 

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