Experts say the United States is in the throes of an opioid epidemic, as more than two million Americans have become dependent on or abused prescription pain pills and street drugs.
During 2017, there were more than 72,000 overdose deaths in the United States, including 49,068 that involved an opioid, according to a provisional CDC count. More than 130 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses in 2016 and 2017, according to the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
“No area of the United States is exempt from this epidemic—we all know a friend, family member, or loved one devastated by opioids,” CDC principal deputy director Anne Schuchat.
In the summer of 2017, while meeting a great friend, Thad Eisenhower, for lunch—a ritual for us since both our brothers had passed, we bonded over the shared pain addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder had left with us and our families.
During this particular lunch, Thad shared something that stuck with me: Every year on his brother’s birthday, he tried to do something to help a veteran. He said that’s what Keith would have wanted. In that moment, The Sherman Foundation was born.
In October 2017 we embarked on our mission to provide support for all those affected by the opioid crisis and PTSD. Our experiences watching our brothers struggle may have left us with deep wounds, but they gave us something else as well—hope that we might make a difference in the lives of others. Because that’s what both our brothers would have wanted.
Sometimes when tragedies happen, beautiful things are born from them. Please join us in creating something beautiful.
In loving memory of our brothers, Shane Granite and Keith Eisenhower, and all who are lost.
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