Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Run/Walk

photo courtesy of Shatterproof

On June 11, at least 2,344 people participated in Shatterproof’s Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Run/Walk in Kansas City starting at Arrowhead Stadium. Shatterproof's main goal was to spark more conversation about addiction, raise awareness of addiction as a disease and support anyone who has been affected by it, but they also raised over $365,000 to support their research and advocacy efforts.

   "We’re thrilled to launch the national 5K event series in Kansas City,” Gary Mendell, CEO and Founder of Shatterproof, said in a press release. “This is the first of what we know will be a groundswell of emotion and action – a community gathering together to unite against a devastating and preventable disease.”

   According to the Center for Disease Control, drug overdoses are at an all-time high. Ninety-one Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, quadruple the amount of deaths in 1999. Almost 2 million Americans have either abused or were dependent on prescription opioids in 2014. Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization that works towards “ending the devastation that addiction causes families,” according to their website.

   For more information about Shatterproof, visit www.shatterproof.org.

photo courtesy of Shatterproof​