White House Wants Americans To Share Addiction Stories On New Website

By Beth Leipholtz 04/03/18

The website features stories from everyday Americans as well as former Fox News host Eric Bolling and MLB great Darryl Strawberry.

an exterior view of the White House

Could a new website serve as a way to bring attention to the opioid crisis? 

The White House thinks so, as it recently launched a new website called “The Crisis Next Door.” The site aims to collect stories from Americans about how the opioid crisis has affected them. 

President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency in 2017. In the time since, that declaration has allowed federal agencies to allocate more grant money to curb it. 

According to CNN, the site’s launch follows President Trump’s statement that his administration would be creating a “large-scale” ad campaign as part of its work to push back against the country’s opioid crisis. The Trump administration is also pushing for harsher consequences for drug traffickers, even putting the death penalty on the table

Upon opening the website, visitors are met with a message from President Trump, who states, “Stigma, silence and a lack of information prevent us from confronting this crisis as we should. We launch this website to bring together the stories behind the opioid epidemic."

Visitors are also invited to share their own stories by filling out a form and uploading a video. 

Currently, the site features 32 videos from people around the country. Most are from everyday people, but there are some familiar names, including U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, former Fox News host Eric Bolling, and former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry and his wife, Tracy.

Adams, whose brother is in prison because of crimes related to his opioid use, touches on the fact that his brother’s use has affected the entire family “emotionally, medically and financially.”

"I'm hopeful that by sharing my story, it'll help people understand that addiction touches every community and that they are not alone,” says Adams in his video. 

In another video, a woman from Texas named Elyse shares that she became dependent on pain pills after high school, which eventually led her to heroin. “Once I started injecting heroin, my life very, very quickly went downhill,” Elyse shares. “I lost everything that I had, I was homeless.”

About three years ago, Elyse entered a 30-day treatment program and is using her experience to help others. 

“I am about to finish my bachelor’s degree,” she says in her video. “I actually work in recovery as a youth recovery leader and I am able to kind of use my experience to help encourage other people.”

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Beth is a Minnesota girl who got sober at age 20. By day she is a website designer, and in her spare time she enjoys writing about recovery at www.lifetobecontinued.com, doing graphic design and spending time with her boyfriend and three dogs. Find Beth on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.