UPDATE: Aaron Brower followed up to correct a misstated fact. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America, not opiate addiction. Drugs abuse is one and a half times more likely to be the cause of death than any other accidental or unnatural cause.
Aaron Brower, former addict and founder of the National Addiction Foundation joined Glenn on radio this week to talk about the staggering opioid epidemic in America. In 1980, there were 6,000 deaths attributed to drug overdose. Fast forward 35 years, and more than 52,000 people died from drug overdose in 2015. An estimated two million Americans are dependent on opioids, with an additional 95 million using prescription painkillers within the past year.
“This is an epidemic. Where do we go from here? How can we help? Stop looking to the government,” Glenn said.
The importance of help and information cannot be overstated. That may seem simple, but many people, including family members of addicts, don’t know where to turn or how to navigate the complex health care system. That’s where the National Addiction Foundation comes in.
“There is help available. It’s just that people don’t know how to access it or know that it’s available to them,” Brower explained.
The most important thing, Brower emphasized, is getting connected to the right care, as well as exploring treatment and insurance options.
To learn more, visit the National Addiction Foundation online.