Every day, hospitals and health systems see the effects of the nation’s opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 33,000 people died from an opioid-related overdose in 2015.
6 years ago I started a business to perform rehabilitative therapy in the homes of the elderly. After many years of competing with Big Pharma and other hospitals, I decided to step out on faith and open a Minor Medical Clinic in an underserved area of my city. During this time, I learned that someone close to me was addicted to pain pills. What differentiates people who are true addicts? Their socio-economic backgrounds and those in their circle who know what they are going through. My mentor, my life, my everything was a suburban addict. My head began to swim and I quickly began to redirect my focus. It shames me and pains me to acknowledge that I didn't see or care for the rest of the world as long as I was not directly affected.
Friends, this epidemic has no boundaries; it doesn't understand the definition of racism or class; its sole purpose is to ruin lives and destroy families. The time to fight is now and even more, because too many lives are ended as we turn a blinds eye and do nothing.
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