Amid the battles in Washington, DC, around the country and at our borders, one crisis has until recent months flown far under the American radar. The opioid crisis has crashed onto the cultural scene as rampant addictions to fentanyl and other opiates, which have claimed the lives and livelihood of tens of thousands of Americans, have skyrocketed.
Among those ruined lives are stories of innocent victims who have fallen prey to an epidemic of addiction and abuse of prescription drugs resulting from routine pain management prescribed by medical professionals. This epidemic has spawned a new black market of illegal opioids crossing our borders at a rate and in quantities that rival illegal narcotics.
Tyler Borstein was one such victim. Recognized as a gifted athlete from an early age, Tyler excelled at every sport he played. But when an injury forced him to seek medical attention, pain management was naturally a part of the process of recuperation. Tyler was prescribed opiates to mitigate the pain which quickly led to an addiction that outpaced his doctors’ legal limits to prescribe. That addiction led to heroine and ultimately to an overdose which took his took at the age of 23.
Tyler’s story is tragic and one that is all too familiar to families and communities across the country. It is a tragedy that led Tyler’s family to establish Hope United a organization created to raise awareness to students, parents and communities about the scourge of drug and alcohol abuse. Hope has reached thousands of students in the US and continues an aggressive campaign to raise awareness across the country to stop the tragedy of addiction in its tracks.
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