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“If there are going to be activists, we may soon start to learn their names. One of the first stars might be Ryan Hampton…”

-Slate Magazine’s "Can Opioid Recovery Activists Start A Movement"

Over four years into recovery from a decade-long opioid addiction, Ryan Hampton has been rocketed to the center of America’s rising addiction recovery advocacy movement. A former White House staffer, he has worked with multiple non-profits and national recovery advocacy campaigns. He is now a prominent, leading face and voice of addiction recovery and is changing the national conversation about addiction.

With content that reaches over 1 million people a week, Ryan is breaking down cultural barriers that have kept people suffering in silence and is inspiring a new generation of people recovering out loud through his Voices Project. He’s also advocating for solutions and holding public policy makers accountable.

He was part of the core team that released the first-ever U.S. Surgeon General’s report on addiction in 2016 and was singled out by Forbes as a top social entrepreneur in the recovery movement. Ryan connects a vast network of people who are passionate about ending the drug epidemic in America. He has been featured by—and is a contributor to—media outlets such as USA Today, MSNBC, Fox and Friends, the New York Times, NPR, HLN, Vice, Forbes, Slate, HuffPost, The Hill, the Wall Street Journal, and others.

A former aide to President Bill Clinton, Ryan has received praise from Democrats and Republicans alike for addressing addiction as a trans-political issue—crossing the political spectrum to build an inclusive coalition focused on solutions. He worked closely with the Trump White House, Senate Democrats, Republicans and U.S. House leadership in crafting portions of the historic H.R. 6, SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, signed into law by the President in October 2018. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has lauded that “Ryan’s story gives government leaders on both sides of the aisle smart commonsense solutions to consider.”

On October 22, 2018, Ryan announced Recovery Voices Vote, an initiative he’s leading to register and engage new recovery oriented voters in all 50 states. In 2016, he created the web series Addiction Across America, documenting his 30-day, 28 state, 8,000-mile cross-country trip visiting areas hit hardest by the addiction crisis.

His first book, “American Fix — Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis and How to End It” published by St. Martin’s Press, was released in August 2018.

Recovery Voices Vote

Recovering Addict Ryan Hampton Leads Movement for Voters Like HimThis man went from working in the White House to losing everything to opioid addiction — now he’s leading a movement to fight for others like him

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During last night's #DemDebate the candidates were finally asked about the #opioidepidemic. Unfortunately, the responses focused on jailing pharma execs & decriminalizing drugs, not solving the crisis. (Source: @NYTimes @ShaneGoldmacher @reidepstein (1/5)

We’re glad that @CNN and @nytimes dedicated a portion of tonight’s #DemDebate to asking the candidates what they would do to take on the #opioidcrisis. Let’s not let tonight’s discussion end here—learn how you can get involved at #FightForRecovery


Together we'll Apply to Lead Who we are. The Recovery Advocacy Project (RAP) is a network of people and organizations ac...

Okay. Here we go again into the #DemDebate. I sure hope #addiction and #recovery get some airtime. Voters deserve to know where the candidates stand. @cnn @nytimes @JoeBiden @PeteButtigieg @senwarren @kamalaharris @berniesanders

2020 candidates are getting ready to take the stage in Ohio, but we want to hear from you: what #mentalhealth and #addiction questions are you hoping will be asked in tonight's #DemDebate? 🎤

Unless prevention and treatment programs get an infusion of funds, people will keep using opioids and new patients will keep getting addicted, Myers said. And if settlement funds aren’t spent to address the epidemic, he added, “it lets the wrongdoers off the hook.” #opioidcrisis

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Forthcoming from economists Deaton Case: Truth. “The opioid epidemic did not happen in other countries because they had not destroyed their working class, and because their pharmaceutical companies are better controlled and their governments less easily influenced corporations.”


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