Run to end the stigma of addiction

Gary Mendell and his son Brian, who took his own life in 2011 when he could no longer cope with the stigma of addiction.

As many of you know, after an almost 10-year battle with addiction, my son Brian lost his life on Oct. 20, 2011. More tragically, it was not just addiction that took my son’s life. It was also the shame and isolation he felt so often. I often think about Brian’s last visit home. One his last day home, we had … read more

See photos and video: 'For Michael' — Saturday's event led the fight against addiction

  The “For Michael” fundraising event had fairly humble beginnings. The friends and family of Michael Taylor, who lost a fight with addiction last year, sought to hold an event that would both honor the memory of Michael and raise money and awareness to help others struggling with addiction. From there, the idea grew into a summer kick off event. … read more

Shatterproof scores spot in National Brackets For Good Tournament

Shatterproof was founded by Easton resident Gary Mendell, who lost his son Brian to addiction.

After more than one month of competitive giving, Shatterproof has earned its place — out of 64 other nonprofit organizations — in the National Championship for the 2017 Brackets For Good Tournament. Shatterproof, the leading national nonprofit working to end the devastation addiction causes families, will face Allied Arts in the final round of the March Madness style competition for the … read more

EDITORIAL: Slaying the opioid dragon

Everyone knows someone: a child, spouse, friend, coworker, or neighbor who has been harmed by the prescription painkiller epidemic. Addiction shatters lives. It shatters society, the economy, and the social infrastructure. The science is indisputable: Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social, and spiritual … read more

VIDEO: Father has plan to crush opioid crisis

Gary Mendell and his son Brian, who took his own life in 2011 when he could no longer cope with the stigma of addiction.

Two men from different perspectives but with a common mission to beat the opioid epidemic met on a recent Friday morning at the Easton Police Department to deal with the crisis. Former hotel executive Gary Mendell leads Shatterproof, a national nonprofit he founded to end the devastation that addiction causes families. Before joining the Easton Police Department in 2015, Chief … read more

Opioid crisis faces new threat: Repeal of Affordable Care Act

Four million people could lose life-saving treatment if government officials take back Medicaid expansion and eliminate health benefits in the Affordable Care Act, which requires mental health and addiction coverage.

The prevention community is confronting a new threat in the quest to halt the opioid epidemic that has exploded nationwide: President Donald Trump’s vow to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Gary Mendell, founder of Shatterproof, a nonprofit formed to end the devastation that addiction causes substance users and their families, was recently quoted in a Wall Street Journal … read more

Reasons for rise in opioid addiction

Shatterproof founder Gary Mendell shook hands with Gov. Dannell Malloy when Connecticut enacted a state law on July 15, 2015, that changed the number of pills doctors can prescribe for pain to help prevent opioid addiction.

Science has proven that substance use disorder is a chronic brain disease that can be managed with medical treatment. It is not a moral failing or a character flaw. But still, only one in 10 Americans with a substance use disorder receives treatment. Addiction is highly stigmatized, and stigma is fueling the public health crisis, according to Gary Mendell, who … read more

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