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Navy Admiral on loss of son to overdose and reversing the epidemic

A former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his family were not immune to the overdose epidemic. Retired four-star Navy Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld has become an influential advocate to end overdoses after the loss of his 19-year-old son, Jonathan. He and his wife, Mary, started the Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic, or SAFE Project, a non-profit, that much like Emily’s Hope, is working toward ending stigma, preventing overdoses, and getting people the help they need.  Admiral Winnefeld shares Jonathan’s story, the mission of SAFE Project, and what action he believes the U.S. needs to take to end the suffering caused by the astronomical number of overdose deaths.

Details on SAFE Project:

USA Today Op. Ed. by Admiral James Winnefeld Jr.

USA Today Op Ed. by James “LJ” Winnefeld III

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