Welcome to This Week in Recovery, a weekly recap of the 5 biggest stories and developments in the recovery industry.
The annual drug take-back day will take place this weekend on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired drugs that may be sitting around in cupboards and medicine cabinets. Last year, more than 900,000 pounds of unused or expired medication were collected.
Giant drug distributors Cardinal Health, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen distribute more than 90% of the nation’s drug and medical supplies. New civil suits from New York, Vermont, and Washington State accuse these distributors of evading regulators, warning pharmacies at risk of being reported to the DEA, and helping others to increase and circumvent limits on how many opioids they were allowed to buy.
A lawyer representing members of the Sackler family, the family behind Purdue Pharma and OxyContin, has indicated that the family wants to settle. The Sacklers are facing over 2,000 suits around the country blaming them for prescription opiates sparking the opioid crisis, and the family may now be looking for a global resolution according to their lawyer.
A report from the British Medical Association highlights what could be a serious mental health crisis within the medical profession. Of the 4300 UK doctors and medical students that took part in the survey, 80% are at high or very high risk of burnout and one in three use alcohol, drugs, self-medication, or prescribing as a way to cope with a mental health condition.
As Massachusetts struggles against an opioid crisis that kills five times as many people than automobile accidents every year in the state, forced SUD treatment has emerged as one of the most controversial tactics in the fight against addiction. To proponents, the section 35 process is seen as lifesaving, but its detractors say that forced rehabilitation does not work, that putting men in correctional facilities is unconstitutional, and that putting patients in prison settings is detrimental to recovery and increases the risk of relapse once patients are released.
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“11 years - still not afraid,” the 46-year-old rapper wrote on an Instagram post on Saturday, April 20. Eminem went into rehab in 2005 to get treatment for his addiction but spiraled out of control again and was hospitalized for a methadone overdose. It wasn’t until 2008 that Eminem decided to fully commit to recovery.