Our son Luke was a freshman in college when he was unwittingly introduced to heroin.
Within just a few days of use he was fully addicted, and thus began a journey of recovery and relapse that ended in two short years with his death from an accidental overdose in our home on January 7, 2016 at the age of 20.
After Luke’s death. We were amazed to learn how many other young people in our community were struggling with the disease of addiction — particularly opioid addiction — through the many people who reached out to us. They shared our pain and understood our tragedy because they had children who were also battling.
It became clear that no one is immune. Opioids and heroin will continue to take lives if we don’t remove the stigma and shame, encourage open and honest conversations about drugs, and educate students and parents.
Unfortunately there is not a single community in our country that isn’t affected by the opioid epidemic. It is everywhere. Kids in every school are impacted by this epidemic directly or indirectly. They need to be informed.
It is our hope that, together, we can Change the Outcome for others by collaborating, advocating and educating so that our schools can play an active role in combating the opioid epidemic.