I am so proud and honored to once again be part of "Team Chris" as we run the Ragnar Relay Race as "Running F.R.E.A.K.S. - Outrunning Addiction." Our mission is simple: run 200+ miles from Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC and try to raise as much awareness and funding as we can for the battle against addiction.
This mission is very close to my heart. After watching my best friend's younger brother battle addiction for years, he succumbed to the disease in February of 2013 after a fatal heroin overdose. Chris Atwood was an incredible person - giving, caring, and outrageously hilarious. The Chris Atwood Foundation was founded in his honor to raise awareness, prevent, and destigmatize the horrifying disease that is addiction.
The Chris Atwood Foundation has done some incredible work so far (see below) and I can promise you there is so much more to come! Your support would mean the world to me and can make a world of difference in this fight against addiction. Unfortunately, this is a disease that knows no stereotypes, no boundaries. It has become the number one cause of accidental deaths in the United States, and if we fail to act, it will continue to claim the people we love.
Thank you so much for your support. It means the world to me, and will mean a world of difference for those struggling with addiction.
CHRIS ATWOOD FOUNDATION INC wrote -
We are experiencing the worst opioid epidemic in the nation's history.
Drug overdose now kills more Americans than car accidents. Help us fight to keep our youth alive and our families whole!
The statistics are scary... but they aren't just numbers. They are real people, like our sweet, funny, and handsome Chris, many of whom desperately want to get better, but suffer from a debilitating disease that many people say they deserve to have.
One thing is clear - this is no longer someone else's problem. It's happening right in our backyard. You might not always see it, because the stigma of this disease makes many suffer in silence, but you do know someone who has been effected by it.
If we are going to stop losing lives, especially young ones, we must all do something.
What We are Doing
Naloxone works safely and effectively in as little as 3 minutes to reverse an otherwise fatal overdose from prescription pain killers or heroin. Some states, including VA, have passed new laws allowing anyone to carry it, but there are still signifigant barriers to getting the medication into the hands of those who need it - like the recently doubled cost, and training requirements.
In beginning of June, The Chris Atwood Foundation held the area's first Layperson Naloxone training class where 25 people, mostly family members of someone using opioids, learned how to reverse opioid overdose. More classes are in the works.
We believe that everyone who has a loved one taking opioids for any reason should have this medication on hand just like someone with an allergy would carry an epi-pen. Please help us in our fight to stop opioids from claiming more lives.
No one should have to discover their loved one dying of an overdose and be powerless to save them.