"Why wouldn't we as a state and a community do everything in our power to help someone struggling with this very serious illness? People deserve that chance. And as a result, it strengthens and benefits our community."
"Everyday gets better. If you put in the work, it’s worth it in recovery."
"The system has made it difficult to prescribe narcotics in a way that encourages abuse, but it has also made it so cumbersome to prescribe narcotics to those who really need them and now many providers simply no longer do it."
"All it took was for me to be going through a rough time and to have heroin in my face that I started experimenting with it."
"This program failed those it was intended to help, the patients."
"I see online numerous articles about people like me, but I don’t see a solution."
"I was so far down in addiction, as soon as I left the police station, I called in another prescription. I had never been in trouble with the law."
I did not abuse my meds and did what the doctors asked me to do when they asked me to do it.
"I proposed funding for Narcan in our schools and training on how to use it, and everyone voted for it; that was really powerful for me."
"It's heartbreaking to think how many parents are out there who've told nobody and don't know where to turn."