My two sons Jason and Jared were polite, popular, multi-sport, all-star athletes. They had a wide network of friends, good morals and values, and good grades in school.
Then, my older son Jason suffered a sports injury and was prescribed painkillers. Seemingly overnight, he became one of the hundreds of thousands of teens in our country addicted to prescription (Rx) painkillers. So many people are addicted to prescription painkillers that drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in America, surpassing car crashes. And Rx painkiller abuse has led to an increased use of an even more deadly, accessible, and cheaper opiate: heroin.
Please make a tax-deductible gift to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids today, so that we can put an end to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction that is gripping our nation.
Jared, my youngest, always admired his older brother. It was not long before he started to use opiates too.
And that’s what happened with my boys – once great students and outstanding athletes, my sons eventually moved from prescription painkillers to heroin use.
That’s why the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ work in educating and preventing prescription drug abuse is so very important, because it provides families with concrete and actionable steps and, of equal importance, provides support if a child is misusing medicine.
The Partnership works on behalf of parents! They listen to and communicate with parents like no other organization and I’m so glad to be a small part of the great work they do for families in need.
I’m happy to say both my kids are now adults in recovery - and we are all finally in a good place. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today, so others can find the same help we have found at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
P.S. Your donation will go even farther today! Thanks to one of our generous board members; any gift you make by year-end will be matched, dollar-for-dollar. That means your donation will have twice the impact!