Morning Roundup: May 21, 2019

By The Fix staff 05/21/19

Columbine survivor and recovery advocate Austin Eubanks dies at 37, new podcast will explore "the ultimate tragicomedy" of addiction and recovery, new data on Massachusetts' drug epidemic released.

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Columbine Survivor and Recovery Advocate, Austin Eubanks, Dies at 37 [Denver Channel]
A survivor of the Columbine High School shooting, Austin Eubanks, has died. Eubanks, who became sober at 29, shared his story and recovery to inspire others.

Winner of Podcast Award Will Explore Life in Recovery from Addiction [BBC]
A new podcast will serve "the ultimate tragicomedy" that is addiction, rehab and recovery. The idea beat more than 1,000 entries to win the BBC's Rachael Bland New Podcast Award. 

Perspective: I Shouldn't Have Been Ashamed of My Brother. Eliminate the Stigma Around Opioid Addiction. [USA Today]
"At first, I put the blame for my brother's addiction squarely on his shoulders. But I've learned that stigma is a burden too heavy to carry."

Wendy Williams Is Dissolving Her Foundation for Recovery, Remains 'Committed to Helping Others' [People]
TV personality Wendy Williams is dissolving the non-profit organization she founded with her now-estranged husband to support education, prevention and rehabilitation from drug abuse. She will continue her charitable work through "other foundations."

Perspective: How Cleaning Helped Me Rebuild What Alcohol Had Ruined [Guardian]
Author Michele Kirsch reflects on her relationship with cleaning, and why she took a job as a house cleaner after getting out of rehab. "Learning to navigate life drug-free was like learning a new language. Stuff, things, physical mess, was easier."

Finding Refuge in Chicago Running Clubs: Former Prisoner, Mom of 4 Share Their Stories [Chicago Tribune]
Chicago's running clubs provide a community and sense of belonging. "That was a big self-esteem builder when I was able to share my past and it wasn't held against me. They didn't shun me." 

New Concerns Emerge in State Overdose Data: Women, Coke, Meth and Death Clusters [WBUR]
New data on the drug epidemic in Massachusetts. "While we remain encouraged that opioid-related overdose deaths have declined over the last two years, the epidemic continues to present very real challenges across MA that are made worse by the presence of fentanyl, cocaine and amphetamines."

Vanderbilt Starts Addiction Clinic So Overdose Patients Have Somewhere to Go After the ER [Nashville Public Radio]
Nashville's largest hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is launching a part-time addiction clinic so OD victims have somewhere to go after the emergency room.

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