ADDICTION affects 2 out of 3 families worldwide. More people died last year from overdoses than the total number of lives lost in the Vietnam War, The other side of addiction is RECOVERY. 10,000 Beds' primary mission is to provide scholarships to those without resources seeking help for addiction. We are also #ontheroad4recovery in 2017 & 18, crisscrossing the US to elevate awareness and change perceptions of addiction & recovery. The #CelebrateRecovery project will support both projects.
Summit County in Ohio is the epicenter of heroin overdoses in the United States. Our #ontheroad4recovery campaign takes us throughout the US, allowing us to focus time and resources in Summit County as we schedule our itinerary. We spent nearly a month in Ohio in 2017 and will spend 2 months in 2018. The rising use of the deadly drug fentanyl to replace heroin caused overdose deaths in numbers we never imagined. In 2017, Summit County coroners brought in refrigerated trucks to manage the deaths
We provide education. Awareness of the deadly risk heroin users take will be most effective on students, many who will consider using heroin for the first time in their junior high and high school years. Fentanyl is something they don't even think about, heroin is deadly but they've seen their friends use and survive. They don't understand the risk they take with even one use of heroin, since it is now commonplace for the majority of heroin to be laced with fentanyl, especially in Summit County
Education changes behavior. Teenagers and young adults, especially young women who are easily influence to feel accepted, are impressionable. They will take many risks because they believe they are infallible. Our program provides solid information, dramatic examples, and real life stories that will not be forgotten. Our goal is to raise their awareness of the realities of drug use in the 21st century and the callous disregard of drug dealer for life.