Welcome to This Week in Recovery, a weekly recap of the 5 biggest stories in the recovery industry.
According to a new study published by New York University College, construction workers are more likely to use cocaine and misuse prescription opioids compared with other employees. This is in part due to the high injury and fatality rates associated with this industry. Many of these injuries lead to treatment or self-treatment with pain medication.
Death Toll From Contaminated Cocaine Rising – NBC News
Cocaine-related overdoses took the lives of nearly 14,000 Americans in 2017, up 34 percent from the year before, and this number is expected to continue to rise. The reason that these deaths have been rising in recent years is due to the fact that opioid fentanyl is often being mixed into cocaine, leading to this spike in deaths.
South Dakota’s Anti-Meth Campaign Draws Criticism – Washington Post
South Dakota unveiled its new methamphetamine awareness initiative Monday: “Meth. We’re On It.” One marketing expert called it “a colossal blunder” as the campaign drew national attention and criticism all over the internet. However, officials still underscored the importance of combating drug use in a state where twice as many young adults and adolescents are using meth compared with the national average.
Three Hours of Exercise A Week May Lower Risk Of Depression – New York Times
Research indicates that exercise is something that can help fight depression and experiments have shown that exercise will often lessen the length and severity of these depressive periods. A new large-scale study of exercise and mental health found that almost any type of physical activity helps offset people’s genetic propensity for depression.
The Massachusetts Senate approved legislation that banned the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes which anti-smoking advocates say are designed to appeal to children and young adults. Action still needs to be taken by Governor Charlie Baker in order for the legislation to take effect.
Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that can happen during one’s childhood or adolescence that can contribute to risky behaviors, such as drug or alcohol abuse in the future. To learn more about ACEs and how to find a rehab near you, check out this week’s featured article.