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Rex Chapman pens emotional plea to end opioid epidemic for Sports Illustrated


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Since getting clean three years ago, Rex Chapman has been upfront and honest about his addiction to prescription painkillers, which led to his 2014 arrest for retail theft. Today, Rex penned an emotional plea in Sports Illustrated to state and federal lawmakers to tighten regulations on painkillers to end the opioid epidemic that continues to cripple the state of Kentucky and other parts of the nation. In hopes of raising awareness, Rex shared his story, revealing that after his playing career ended, he became addicted to Vicodin, OxyContin, and Suboxone:

I am one of the lucky ones: I had the financial resources and support of family and friends that enabled to me to enter rehab three times. My last stint was in the fall of 2014, and I have now been clean for three years. That is amazing to me. There were many times I didn’t think I could go without opioids for three hours, much less three years.

Though I was fortunate enough to get a grip on my addiction, I realize that millions of Americans are suffering. That’s why I am working to bring awareness and to influence policy makers to address this plague. My home state of Kentucky has been especially hard hit. In 2015, more than 1,300 Kentuckians died after drug overdoses, many with opioids in their system. That’s about four per day. That same year, more than 353 million doses of opioid painkillers were dispensed in Kentucky—enough to provide every man, woman and child in the state with 79 pills. Like me, many of these people were first introduced to opioids by a doctor. This is the crux of the problem. The U.S. makes up 4.6% of the world’s population, but we consume 99% of the world’s hydrocodone. How can that be? Are we in more pain than the rest of the world?

Honest, thoughtful stuff here from Rex. To read more, click the link below.

[Rex Chapman: Our National Pain]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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29 responses to “Rex Chapman pens emotional plea to end opioid epidemic for Sports Illustrated”

  1. thenamerobdigity

    He also said Cal was leaving hours prior to the Championship game…

    1. jzoneblue

      was he on drugs when he did that? what kind of apology did he make? i want to like rex again, but that stigma of “being more important than the program/look at me” is still there.

    2. BBNDan7

      Let it go

    3. stratblend

      seriously… let it go. If we’d won that game you wouldn’t remember. … and it wasn’t the cause of the loss.

    4. UK Big Board Update

      You’d think all these “good Christians” would have forgiven Rex by now…. Guess not.

    5. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Yes, Christians should have a forgiving attitude, and I have let it go, but he has never apologized.

      BB, where you been? Someone a few weeks ago on another thread said you were dead. I’m glad you’re back to set us simpletons all straight when we’re wrong but to otherwise never post a comment. 😉

    6. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      BTW, I didn’t read his column, but I do agree with the quotes from Rex that are in the post.

    7. 4everblue

      Good to know so many people on here have had a perfect mistake free life….

    8. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Where did I say that?

  2. Memphis UK Cat

    I agree. Rex is one of us and was a heck of
    Player at that.

  3. Eazy

    As a fellow member of the recovery community I salute you, Rex.

    1. 4everblue

      I too am a recovering addict so you can all judge me now. Good for you Rex, glad you got clean!

  4. dmillerj4705@att.net

    Forgive him for what…being human?

    1. 4everblue

      Apparently many on this site are actually droids and not human and have never done anything wrong….EVER!

  5. SpeedBump

    Not sure that further crack downs on opioids is the answer as this is one of the reasons for the resurgence of Heroin/Fentanyl.

    1. CATandMONKEY

      THE reason.

  6. BigBlueBass

    Good grief people move on… some folks make holding grudges a hobby….

  7. Luether

    Once an addict, always an addict…

    1. BBNDan7

      Same with liars. That’s why Pitino calls every team he has the best ever until they lose to morhead state in the first round and he blames the team

    2. 4everblue

      Luether is oddly enough correct…once an addict always an addict. HOWEVER…a recovering addict is a much different story. I would much rather be around a recovering addict than a piece of shite like Luether! It’s not where you’ve been but where you’re are today and where you’re headed that matters you idiot!

    3. 4everblue

      Death, taxes and Luether is gonna say something really stupid.

    4. Luether

      For what it’s worth – I didn’t post this…

  8. henderblue

    Once an idiot, always an idiot…

    1. BBNDan7

      Ya know what they say, you can’t fix stupid

  9. RobCary

    Rex came to the Glasgow’s Boys and Girls Club last year for a fund raiser. He came and played B’Ball with the kids and they loved it. He was patient with them and “took” on all who wanted to play against him. Since then he has come back to the club 2-3 times on his own, with no fanfare, to play ball and interact with the young people. He has been humble, gracious, and giving of his time to try to make a difference in these young people’s lives. He is a class act as far as I’m concerned and I hope that people would support him in his efforts to stay straight and to help others who have gotten hooked on these drugs.

  10. satcheluk

    KY has 3.9% of the world’s population? Do math much?

    1. satcheluk

      meant 4.6%

  11. jzoneblue

    One must ask for forgiveness to truly obtain forgiveness. With seeking forgiveness, our pride can get in the way, because asking for forgiveness requires us to humble ourselves before those we have offended.

    1. BigBlueBass

      👍👍👍👍