Terri asks those with the means to do so to consider sending a donation to the HERO (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) Foundation www.TheHeroFoundation.org.
As a physician who has dedicated his career to the field of addiction medicine, I have seen how widespread and devastating drug addiction, particularly opioid addiction, is in the United States. Substance Use Disorders cut across all socio-economic groups and all walks of life. Adolescents comprise half of the epidemic's victims. These days, it is rare to find someone who does not have a friend, relative, or loved one with a drug problem.
Drug overdose, whether deliberate or accidental, is now the leading cause of death for Americans under age fifty. In 2017, 72,000 Americans died from drug overdose. To put that in perspective, in the same year, 40,100 died in motor vehicle accidents.
Treatment is readily available for those willing to seek it and pay for it. The success rates are similar to those for the treatment of other chronic diseases such as hypertension and asthma. Those needing help in the Kansas City area are welcome to inquire about treatment through my private practice www.PrivateAddictionMD.com.