Welcome to This Week in Recovery, a weekly recap of the 5 biggest stories in the recovery industry.
Growing Up Amid The Opioid Crisis – New York Times
A featured piece from the New York Times examines the life of Layla Kegg. Kegg’s mother suffers from heroin addiction and her children are dealing with the consequences of this substance abuse problem. Her problems began by stealing bags of morphine and other painkillers from hospice patients who had passed and eventually spiraled into heroin addiction.
An Ohio critical-care doctor was arrested and charged with murder this week in the deaths of 25 hospital patients. Authorities say that the patients were deliberately given overdoses of painkillers. The charges represent one of the biggest murder cases ever brought against a healthcare professional in the United States.
According to the IWSR, an organization that tracks alcohol trends, alcohol consumption across the globe fell 1.6 percent in 2018. As consumption falls, bars and brewers are adapting to include more mocktails and healthier drinks on their menus to keep customers coming back.
Many federal officials and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham have signaled support this week to place chemical knock-offs of fentanyl into the same legal class as heroin. This move would boost prosecutions of traffickers and makers of the drugs. Graham declared fentanyl is a “drug of mass destruction.”
Researchers contacted hundreds of treatment clinics across the U.S., these researchers posing as heroin users were denied appointments much of the time, especially if they were insured through Medicaid. The study revealed many other roadblocks including high fees and government websites with wrong numbers.
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David Crosby is one of the most revered rock musicians and singer-songwriters of the 20th century. He was a founding member in The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, and Nash and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You can learn more about Crosby’s struggles with substance abuse in this week’s featured article.