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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 five 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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Today is #NationalDoctorsDay and we want to thank all of the physicians doing the important work of thoughtful pain management strategies that avoid #opioids where possible and mitigate the perils of substance use disorder. #EmergencyResponse #DoctorsDay #opioidcrisis

Substance use disorders are medical conditions, not Victorian era moral failings. @smerconish good thing you’re not a doctor trying to make these impossible choices... STOP stigmatizing and devaluing pts with addiction, especially during the #COVID19 pandemic! #psychiatrymatters

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“Dear @smerconish, I was that 30 year old “drug addict.” Thank God my doctor decided my life was worth saving. On another note, it&#...

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Dear @smerconish, I was that 30 year old “drug addict.” Thank God my doctor decided my life was worth saving. On another note, it’s media like this that turns back the clock. Prior or existing drug use should never be equated with human value or rights to healthcare.

Thank you for everyone who worked on this including key legislators. #RecoveryVoicesMatter #RecoveryVoicesVote #COVID19 #StayHomeMN #MNLeg @GovTimWalz @LtGovFlanagan @heather_edelson @RepFreiberg

And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life —unacceptable to me...

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time.

For all the media and policymakers who are so concerned about accurate reporting data on the number of COVID cases & the number of deaths...& morgues running out of room...& not enough beds for treatment....Welcome to my world. #OpioidEpidemic #Opioids

On this #DayofEmpathy there are millions of people, locked up behind bars, living in crowded conditions--and helpless against #COVID19. I plead with every state to take immediate action & support reforms that protect people behind bars. Take action now. @VanJones68 @Cut50

@GovTimWalz I've reached out to my house rep @RepFreiberg to ask you to please extend these protections to people living in recovery residence/sober homes. They don't always have a traditional lease or rental agreement. Please consider this request. Thank you! @RyanForRecovery @toxicshellye

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