‘It’s Time’ — Mr. President-Elect, Please Listen To These Americans

“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 […]

These Inmates Did A Facebook Live From The County Jail. Their Message Is Life-Saving.

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 […]

Why I Started Facing Addiction Out Loud

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 […]