Welcome to This Week in Recovery, a weekly recap of the 5 biggest stories and developments in the recovery industry.
Austin Eubanks, a survivor of the notorious Columbine shooting and an advocate for recovery efforts, died this week. While the cause of death has not been released by the coroner, his family released a statement saying that he “lost the battle with the very disease he fought so hard to help others face.”
Purdue Pharma Influenced World Health Organization’s Opioid Guidelines – Washington Post
A new congressional report claims that the World Health Organization’s guidelines on treating pain were influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, including the opioid giant Purdue Pharma. The investigation pointed to evidence that pharmaceutical companies pushed WHO into endorsing the use of drugs globally.
A new study found that cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, could help to treat opioid addiction as it can help reduce cravings for the illicit drug and curb levels of anxiety. Other currently available medications for opioid addiction act in the same way by limiting cravings that patients may be facing.
Study Finds More Veterans Dying From Opioids – University Of Michigan
A new study found that there was a dramatic rise in opioid overdose deaths among American veterans in recent years from heroin and synthetic opioids. The study highlights the need to provide veterans with treatment and help for non-prescription opioids.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell formally introduced legislation to raise the age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21. The bill was designed to combat the health effects of tobacco addiction across the country. The Tobacco-Free Youth Act will likely come up for a vote on the floor.
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Most people know Brett Favre as the Packers quarterback who led Green Bay to a number of Superbowl appearances and even a victory in 1997. However, many are unaware of his battles off the gridiron. Favre had an addiction to prescription painkillers but was able to kick his habit. Read more about his story in this week’s Story of Recovery.