My son Jaron was a person with substance use disorder and now he is an angel. I will not let his addiction define him! He was so much more. He was a brother, an uncle, nephew, cousin, best friend, and son! He was my only son. My baby, my Scooby. Jaron was like a shooting star that burned out too fast. He could walk …

Hear My Roar

By sharing your story, you can help turn the tide on the opioid epidemic. Help us wage the first-ever #BILLIONSNOTMILLIONS postcard roar to save lives. Join us in a nationwide printed postcard ROAR featuring your stories and photos during September’s National Recovery Month. Thousands and thousands of voices will come together to demand that opioid manufacturers and distributors pay our communities #BILLIONSNOTMILLIONS in reparations for the devastation they played a key role in and …
Facing Addiction Blog
It never heals. For some of us, it grows larger, causes even more pain and despair, and wakes us in the middle of the night more often than before – if that is humanly possible. Losing a child is the worst thing that can happen to any parent; a piece of us dies when our child dies. And while the death of every child is soul-crushing to …

Addiction Is A Human, Not Partisan Issue

My friend Tyler died earlier this year from an accidental heroin overdose – on the sofa in his recovery home. His death was preventable, and not because, as some people say, he had a “choice” not to use. Tools like evidence-based treatment, recovery supports in the first five years of recovery, and naloxone to arrest overdoses could have saved his life. Addiction is a public health crisis that is abetted by many corporations, ignorant policies, …
Prescription opioid painkillers are linked to rising overdose death rates. Prevention efforts focus on limiting the supply of opioids. However, a new approach suggests that concentrating on reducing demand could be effective also. Medical sociologist and professor Susan Sered says that current legislation, which calls for expanding prescription monitoring programs, amping up the ability to seize illegal drugs at U.S. borders, training health care providers in …
Claire Foster Blog
Within an hour of landing at the Buffalo, NY airport in July, I am helping my little sister get to the bathroom at Kenmore Mercy Hospital after she has been revived with Narcan. I don’t know it yet, but Jenny will die in six days. She has just turned 44. Since then, every day I’ve tried to understand how my sister, a college …
I am a woman who does not look like what she has been through. I have yet to meet someone who has gone through what I have. I’ve always believed that “broken crayons still color”. I turned my tumultuous past into a great testimony! I became heavily addicted to prescription painkillers in 2002 after a knee surgery before …
Prescription opioid painkillers are linked to rising overdose death rates. Prevention efforts focus on limiting the supply of opioids. However, a new approach suggests that concentrating on reducing demand could be effective also. Medical sociologist and professor Susan Sered says that current legislation, which calls for expanding prescription monitoring programs, amping up the ability to seize illegal drugs at U.S. borders, training health care providers in …
Claire Foster Blog
Earlier this month, five drug-distribution executives spoke before a House Energy and Commerce Committee oversight panel investigating pill dumping in West Virginia by wholesale drug distributors. This is the first time a corporation has expressed regret for involvement in the opioid crisis. One of the executives, George Barrett of Cardinal Health, apologized for his company’s role in the opioid epidemic. Although he didn’t take responsibility, he said, “With …
Claire Foster Blog
A new poll shows that 7 in 10 Americans feel that opioid addiction is a very serious problem for the country, and most feel the federal government should be doing more to address it. According to CBS News, 71 percent of people across political lines and age and income levels call the issue very serious. When Americans were asked who …
Claire Foster Blog