In January of 2016, I lost one of my best friends in the world to prescription opioid drug addiction.
Ted Barrett was the rarest of friends and I am blessed to have spent my childhood days as his classmate, teammate and buddy. Ted could brighten the room with his smile and engulf whoever he got his massive arms around with love and friendship. One of my favorite memories of Teddy was when we hopped into his truck after a CBA football game and headed over to his house with a dozen other friends to celebrate our victories over a meal and some good laughs. My favorite quality of his was the way he brought people together, forming new bonds of friendship in his wake. Even in his passing, he continues to bring others together...
Ted's friends, family members and acquaintances have set up a fundraising page in honor of the 1st Annual "Hanging With Ted" movement to support those fighting opioid addiction. The funds raised will go to the SHATTERPROOF organization dedicated to reversing the horrible affects of addiction, ending the stigma associated with the disease, and fighting its sources at the highest level. Our team, “Pavone's Pizza” (named after Ted’s favorite purveyor of pizza and wings) is asking for your help in honoring Ted’s impact on our lives and the joy he brought us all by supporting this cause.
Quick Facts on Addiction:
*On average, drug US overdoses now kill 174 PER DAY - more than car crashes, gun violence, and even breast cancer.
*Opioid deaths have QUADRUPLED in the last 15 years.
*The cost of the opioid crisis in 2015 alone was $504 BILLION, nearly 3% of GDP.
Thank you for you help in ending this horrible epidemic.