Today is Overdose Awareness Day

Over the last decade and a half, over one million Americans have had their lives tragically cut short by the overdose crisis, leaving millions more forever changed by the loss of friends, family, and loved ones. These individuals came from many walks of life and traveled very different roads, yet they all met the same devastating, tragic fate. Our world is not the same without them. Each had a name, each had a face, and, today, we remember them.

Many of us have met people who have lost a loved one to opioids—particularly fentanyl. The pain heard in the voices of husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers whose loved ones are not here today is hard to put into words. For those of you who have experienced this loss: our hearts, our minds, and our prayers are with you.