By

Ryan Hampton
Sheriff Karl Leonard, Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (HARP)
Innovative. Inspiring. Compassionate. Skillful. These are all words I use to describe Chesterfield, Virginia’s county sheriff, Karl Leonard. This afternoon, Sheriff Leonard took to my Facebook live to discuss his inspiration behind the visionary Heroin Addiction Recovery Program he co-founded with the McShin Foundation last spring. Sheriff Leonard is experiencing America’s opioid epidemic first hand....
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My dad always used to say, “nothing changes if nothing changes.” Over the past year, we’ve seen the mortality rate from drugs and alcohol spike to epidemic levels. People are dying at an alarming rate, so alarming that the CDC recently reported that heroin overdoses now outnumber gun homicides. Just as alarming, we’re seeing news...
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Donald Trump has been on a month’s long thank you tour across the United States. Over the past several weeks, I’m sure he’s heard from countless Americans who are now putting their faith in him that he’ll deliver on his promise to Make America Great Again. While many of us may disagree with much of...
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“Never forget that the faces of addiction are real people. They are beloved family members, close friends and colleagues. They are us.” —U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy The addiction crisis in America is real. And you need not look any further than your own city block to understand the gravity of this epidemic. I’ve...
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The Facebook Live post that should change the way America has been addressing the intersection of the addiction crisis and criminal justice reform. This past week was the very first Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, designated by President Obama in a signed proclamation. I was fortunate enough to add my voice to the...
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My journey from heroin addict to delegate at the Democratic National Convention It wasn’t supposed to work out this way. I remember sitting in my apartment alone, staring at my last bag of heroin. A few hours earlier, I received the green light to enter a public treatment facility for opioid detox and the window...
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