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This Week In Recovery: May 31, 2019

by Landmark Recovery

May 31, 2019

Welcome to This Week in Recovery, a weekly recap of the 5 biggest stories and developments in the recovery industry.

Opening Statements End In Historic Big Pharma Opioid Epidemic Trial – CNN

A historic trial began in Oklahoma this week that will decide whether a state can make a pharmaceutical company pay for its role in the opioid epidemic. In the opening statements, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter accused drugmakers of a “cynical, deceitful, multi-million dollar brainwashing campaign to establish opioid analgesics as the magic drug.”

Teens Still Commonly Prescribed Opioids – NBC

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that opioid prescriptions remain common for teens and young adults. From 2005 to 2015, nearly 15 percent of teens and young adults received an opioid prescription during an emergency room visit. Moreover, emergency room visits for dental issues specifically resulted in an opioid prescription nearly 60 percent of the time.

US Dentist Prescribe Opioid More Often Than British Counterparts – Reuters

Researchers found that dentists in the United States prescribe opioids at a rate 70 times higher than dentists in England. The types of opioids that are most prescribed by dentists in the United States are likely to be those with “high potential for abuse, such as oxycodone.”

Suicide Risk Doubles For Children Of Parents Who Use Opioids – JAMA Psychiatry

A study of almost 150,000 children with parents who use opioids and 184,000 children whose parents don’t use opioids found that children of parents who use these prescription medications are at increased risk for suicide attempts.

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Stories of Recovery: Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt is one of the most prolific movie stars of our generation. He has starred and been featured in countless films and has won over 60 acting awards including Academy Award and multiple Golden Globe Awards. Despite his professional successes, Pitt struggled with issues related to substances, primarily alcohol, but was able to overcome these problems. Read more about Pitt’s sobriety in this week’s Stories of Recovery.

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Landmark Recovery was founded with a determination to make addiction treatment accessible for all. Through our integrated treatment programs, we've helped thousands of people choose recovery over addiction and get back to life on their own terms. We're on a mission to save one million lives over the next century. We encourage all those struggling with substance use to seek professional help.