Welcome to This Week in Recovery, a weekly recap of the 5 biggest stories and developments in the recovery industry.
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.”
Opioid Crisis Claims 1-Year-Old Victim – New York Times
The opioid crisis does not discriminate by race, gender, or age and the death of 1-year-old Darwin Santana-Gonzalez is evidence of this. Darwin died from skin exposure to a mixture of heroin and fentanyl. Darwin’s death is a reminder of the power and deadly effects that these drugs can have.
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.
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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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.