An epidemic of heroin addiction is spreading among young adults, yet for the most part, the problem remains hidden. Shamed parents, blaming themselves and wondering what they did wrong, struggle alone. As one boomer mom told me, “No one wants to announce to family and friends that their son is a drug addict.”
To publicize the problem of addiction, a “Stop the Silence” rally is planned for Sunday, Oct. 4, in Washington, D.C. Organizers from a new national organization, Facing Addiction, want to draw attention to the challenges confronted by the estimated 22 million Americans who suffer from substance abuse. Among the cofounders of the organization is Jim Hood, a Connecticut dad whose 20-year-old college student son died of a drug overdose in 2012.