Admiral James Winnefeld
Frmr Vice Chair, Joint Chiefs of Staff
& Founder, Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic (SAFE) Project
Drug overdoses kill more Americans under the age of 50 than anything else. More Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 than during the entirety of the Vietnam War – and numbers are surging.
For years, Admiral James Winnefeld helped run the most powerful military in the world, but that was nothing compared to his battle to help his son combat addiction. Last year, Admiral Winnefeld lost his 17-year-old to the opioid epidemic. Following his loss, he turned tragedy into action and is now dedicated to urging solutions to stem this growing national catastrophe.
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“Many people have a simple understanding of addiction. They think it happens only to dysfunctional people from dysfunctional families, or to hopeless people living on the street. But our addicted population is spread across every segment of society: rich and poor, white and black, male and female, old and young.” – Admiral James Winnefeld, The Atlantic. MORE