BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, foundation2recovery.org, a 501C3 charity whose mission is to develop a portfolio of “disruptive” tools and resources to address prevention, education and treatment programs to fight the prescription drug epidemic in the US and improve on the abysmal 6 percent treatment success rate currently endured, announced it will be making available at no charge $1 million worth of 12 panel drug testing detection kits to open up a national dialogue about this scourge. The testing cups will be available at www.foundation2recovery.org and there is no charge. Interested parties need only supply a mailing and email address.
America is losing the war on prescription drugs. More people die from overdose of prescription opiate pain medications than from all other drugs combined, including heroin and cocaine. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), more than 2 million people in the United States suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opiate pain medications. And, a recent Bloomberg Business News report on a recent poll conducted by the respected Kaiser Family Foundation found that:
- 1 in 4 Americans (66%) has been addicted to painkillers or is close to an addict
- 63% of these addicts have incomes of $90k or greater
- 2,000 kids try prescription drugs daily, 60 percent before the age of 15
- 259 million opoid prescriptions were issued in 2012, enough to medicate every adult American
“I’ve been very fortunate throughout my business career. Now, I want to use my knowledge and resources to give back and save lives,” said Joe Randazza the foundation2recovery.org co-founder and serial entrepreneur. “While neither I nor any family member have any connection to prescription drug abuse whatsoever, we see what it is doing to our youth and to people just like us. We wanted to do something that would make an immediate difference and send the right message.”
“The statistics are staggering and the causes for misuse of opiates are extremely complex,” said Randazza. “foundation2recovery.org has been formed to begin the dialogue and propel the effort needed to fight this scourge at its source.”
Beyond the testing cup program, foundation2recovery.org will develop a portfolio of support tools and resources to address prevention and education as well as treatment programs that include the use of FDA-approved “opiate blockers.”
foundation2recovery.org is taking its message public in a variety of ways. One such tactic is through Public Service Announcements, PSA’s, with one currently running in multiple markets featuring the celebrity newsman Geraldo Rivera. The PSA can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/139953214. The organization is also in contact with local and state Departments of Health to bring its programs to their citizens.
For more information, please visit www.foundation2recovery.org.