On December 9, 2018, we lost a son, a brother, a friend, and 8-month old Henry lost his uncle. Henry's uncle, James Matthew Kilgore, was a gentle giant who could light up any room with his big smile and ridiculous sense of humor. Unfortunately, Henry's Uncle became another statistic of the never ending opioid epidemic.
Henry's Uncle, a nonprofit incorporated in 2019, was formed to help bring awareness and education to the dangers of opioid addiction and to the opioid epidemic that has plagued our country for over 20 years. Since 1999, over 400,000 lives have been lost due to opioid overdoses. Many have called it the worst man-made epidemic in history and it is time we help end this epidemic and raise our voices.
Addiction is not a moral flaw. It is a disease, and as such, addiction needs to be treated like a disease. The stigma of addiction needs to end so people who are suffering feel free to open up and ask for help instead of hiding in shame.
Henry's Uncle is a registered 501(c)3, EIN 82-3263431