Columbine survivor shares story with D-51 students

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- In 1999, the Columbine High School shooting shook the nation.

Now, a Columbine survivor is sharing his story of addiction to keep other students from going down the same path.

Austin Eubanks was at Columbine High School on the day the shooting happened. He said life was forever changed when he was in the library with his best friend and shots rang out.

Eubanks watched one of his friends die from a gunshot.

Eubanks was able to walk out with two gunshot wounds.

"Honestly that was the only time in my life that I ever thought I was going to die," Eubanks said. "I was just prepared for it, and I truly didn't understand what was happening. I think you're in so much shock and there's so much adrenaline that I actually didn't know that I was hit in my knee until I tried to stand up because I couldn't feel it. So, you're really just in shock and the fear is paralyzing."

Eubanks said after the shooting, he got hooked on the opioids he was prescribed that were being used treat the from his wounds.

His life was full of addiction until he was 29. He hopes sharing his story will prevent students from turning to drugs to numb pain from traumatic experiences.

He spoke at Palisade and Central high schools Tuesday and later that evening at CMU.

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