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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.

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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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Today we kicked off our fall tour by speaking to 1,400 students! Middle school advocate, Kellen Geschke, author @RyanForRecovery, and musician Lee Turner joined us share stories of recovery, kindness, and hope.

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@RyanForRecovery Selling >250 grams of heroin = 11 years in prison.
Selling millions of grams of Oxycontin and misleading public/healthcare = slap on the wrist

@RyanForRecovery So angry right now, as an MD I heard their BS and ignored it, many of my colleagues bought it, flooded the medicine cabinets of Vermont, this isn’t over

JUST IN: Statement from AG Josh Kaul (@WisDOJ) regarding reports that Purdue Pharma has reached a settlement in a multi-state lawsuit alleging the company purposely misled the public about Oxycontin's addiction potential. For now, Wisconsin will not be a party to this settlement.

[email protected] is talking today about banning flavored e-cigarettes. But Purdue gets to keep making OxyContin per the tentative settlement reached today? Anyone else perplexed by this? #opioidcrisis #potus

So Purdue did it. They got away with murder. No admission of wrongdoing. And pennies towards a settlement as long as they can continue to sell Oxy.

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