Creating Hope From Tragedy

Grind for April 9th, 2019
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

Hope United

The Headline

One family wants to take on the opioid crisis

The Crisis

115 Americans die each day due to an opioid-related drug overdose. The opioid crisis in America affects all of us on a personal level, even if you don’t knowingly have a family member or someone that you love struggling to combat the addiction, and I do mean, knowingly. Since 1999, when the first wave of opioid drugs were introduced to medical providers for the treatment of pain, to the third wave, which began in 2013, when fentanyl was introduced. The result is that more than 770,000 Americans have died from an opioid-related overdose. The death toll continues to grow.

In Lorain, Ohio, the number of people who died was too much for the county to handle, so they had to send them to neighboring states and counties to process the bodies for burial. Some deaths caused by real and synthetic heroin overdoses claimed children, teenagers, and adults 25-55 years of age, but we really don’t know the true numbers. The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis, published by the Council of Economic Advisors in 2017, reports that the number of reported deaths is approximately 24 percent higher than what appears on death certificates.

In 2015 the Opioid Crisis cost Americans $504 billion dollars. In 2018, the United States Senate passed the Opioid Response Act, a substitute Amendment to H.R. 6, a bill to help provide recovery assistance to patients struggle to overcome addiction. The Act allowed another $24 million dollars to provide financial support to states services.

The problem with opioid addiction and treatment; however, is that there are currently no long term programs to provide the support and assistance recovering addicts need. The rate of relapse when recovering from opioid addiction is 72-88 percent during the first 12-36 months, but patients who received up to 6 months were less likely to relapse. Most programs only provide 2 weeks to 90 days of medically detox program help and some insurances only allow for two sessions in the lifetime of a patient.

Men are dying at three-times a higher rate than women, today, the largest growth in deaths being reported among Latino and Blacks, but non-Hispanic whites continue to die at a higher rate. The Northwest and Midwest areas of the United States report the highest rate of overdose and death in the country, but problems are beginning to rise in the West and the South.

The Bornsteins

Tyler was the type of son anyone would be proud of. According to his parents, he was an athlete from an early age and excelled immediately at every sport he played. Unfortunately with sports came injuries, and by the time he was eighteen, Tyler had undergone two major surgeries on his right elbow. Each one sent him home with prescription medication to help manage the pain, and innocently, before he knew it, Tyler was addicted to opiates.

The opiate addiction led to heroin, which led to stints in and out of rehab facilities. On September 28, 2014, the Summit County Sheriff’s Department showed up at the Bornstein’s home with the news no family ever wants to hear; while Tyler was in the process of overdosing, the person he was with, instead of calling 911 for help, dumped him in a vacant lot and left him there to die. Tyler Wilson Bornstein died of a heroin/fentanyl overdose at the age of twenty-three.

Tyler’s parents, Shelly and Travis, founded Hope United two years later to bring awareness and support to families struggling with addiction.

Today, HOPE UNITED is a major organization serving Summit, Stark and Portage Counties, Ohio. Through programs like Breaking Barriers and The Well, HOPE UNITED is working toward safer communities, healthier families and ending the stigma of addiction every day.

Learn more about their story here

Watch Tyler’s Story

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