Austin Eubanks, a survivor of Columbine's school shooting in Colorado, talks about abuses arising from trauma during the 1
Eubanks, 37, found at his home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. There were no signs of foul play according to corons, and an autopsy was scheduled for Monday to determine the cause of death.
Eubanks was shot twice – in his hand and knee – and watched his best friend Corey DePooter die, as they resorted to a table in the school library on April 20, 1999.
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While Eubank's physical pain dropped after a few days, he was prescribed medication and continued to take them. His reluctance to feel his emotional pain led to an opiate addiction that nearly killed him.
He struggled with addiction throughout the 20th century and went through several treatment centers.
He continued to serve as the Foundry Treatment Center Operator and traveled the country that spoke of his personal journey, as well as strategies for managing the opioid crisis, according to his website.
Eubanks "lost the battle with the much disease he struggled so hard to help others meet," according to a statement from his family received by KMGH television.
"Helping to build a community of support is what meant most to Austin, and we plan to continue their work," read the statement. "As you can imagine we are
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Contributing: Associated Press; Megan Henry, Indianapolis Star
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