Morning Roundup: June 17, 2019

By The Fix staff 06/17/19

Columbine survivor Austin Eubanks' cause of death confirmed, elementary school teaches kids how to cope with drug use at home, Google parent company invests in new state-of-the-art recovery center.

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Columbine Shooting Survivor Austin Eubanks Died of a Heroin Overdose [CNN]
The cause of the death of Austin Eubanks, a Columbine survivor and recovery advocate, has been confirmed—accidental heroin overdose. Eubanks, who was in recovery, devoted his life to helping others.

Inside the Elementary School Where Drug Addiction Sets the Curriculum [NY Times]
About half of the student body at one Ohio elementary school has witnessed drug use at home. Educators spend time every day teaching the children how to cope.

Former Johnson Church to Reopen as Recovery Center [VPR]
A couple of church members purchased their church—which had closed down—that will now serve as a recovery center. They hope to strengthen the local recovery community by providing a space for fellowship and healthcare.

After Bingeing on Addiction Memoirs, I Still Crave the Untold Drinking Stories Like My Own [New Statesman]
"Why did I so love to read addiction memoirs? Partly because anyone who has problems with drinking loves to hear about what others drink: the one subject as compelling as your own drinking."

12 Million Pills and 700 Deaths: How a Few Pill Mills Helped Fan the US Opioid Inferno [LA Times]
Pill mills, money-hungry medical practices that recklessly prescribed opioid painkillers with few limitations, played a special role in exacerbating the opioid crisis. "They literally devastated communities."

Deaths of Despair from Drugs, Alcohol and Suicide Have Reached a Record High [Forbes]
Drug-overdose deaths accounted for the largest national increase—then alcohol and suicide. Some states are being hit harder than others.

Google Owner Alphabet Is Tackling the Opioid Crisis [CNN]
One Ohio city is the location of a new state-of-the-art treatment center thanks to Google parent company Alphabet, one key investor. "Our foundation is going to be based on a community approach. It's high tech but also high touch."

FDA Approved Vs. FDA Cleared: Why You Need to Know the Difference [CNET]
There's a big distinction between a drug or medical device that's been "FDA approved" and those that are "FDA cleared." It's important to understand the difference.

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