Addiction is a national crisis. Deaths from drug overdose, suicide and alcoholic liver diseases—referred to as “diseases of despair”—are at the highest levels in U.S. history. Read one father’s personal experience with the loss of his son and his efforts to ensure that addiction is treated with the same efficacy as other chronic diseases.
Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. After losing his son Brian to addiction in 2011, Gary founded Shatterproof to spare other families the tragedy his had suffered. He is a frequent speaker on how our society can end the stigma unjustly associated with addiction; has been honored numerous times for his leadership related to reversing the course of the opioid epidemic; testified in front of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis; has been a guest several times on CNBC and MSNBC to provide his perspective on commonsense solutions to the opioid epidemic; and his opinions are frequently reflected in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The Washington Post.