On July 22, 2017 we lost our friend, our family member, Samuel. He died from a fentanyl laced heroin overdose at the age of 24. As you know, the addiction rate within the United States is at the highest levels we have ever seen. In 2016, “synthetic opioids (primarily illegal fentanyl) were involved in nearly 50% (19,413) of opioid-related deaths. This is up 14% from 2010”. (1) We’ve now reached the point where the opioid epidemic claims more lives than vehicle crashes every day. (2) We are in a state of crisis.
Addiction is a treatable disease. At Our SAM Foundation, our goal is to help treat this disease by providing scholarships for people who wish to pursue rehab or sober living, but lack the necessary funds or insurance to do so. Recovery is a long process laden with challenges.
One of the biggest obstacles to recovery is simply a lack of access. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 22.7 million Americans needed treatment in 2013 but
only 10.9% received it. This means that 20.2 million people in need were left unsupported. (3) We want to change those numbers and make a difference.