In July, Dr. Steven Waronker shared the story and lessons of the tragic loss of his son, one of many victims of the opioid crisis. As a father and a doctor, Waronker explained a number of the causes and dangers of opioid prescription.
He recounted his son Brian’s battle with addiction, which began after surgery his junior year of high school. While the family didn’t learn about it until his freshman year at the University of Georgia, Brian received help and was successful for more than five years.
He graduated from college and had a good job, but ultimately, on Dec. 27, 2017, while preparing to fly to see UGA in the Rose Bowl, Brian took multiple OxyContin and never awoke.
At the funeral, when asked by the rabbi how much to share, Waronker told him to share the whole story. Waronker explained the importance of shining a light on the opioid crisis and making as much information public as possible, in the hopes that such information can sway the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services and Drug Enforcement Administration to change their stances on opioids.
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