Climbing For Opioids
My name is Brandon Arrastia I'm 24 years old I am climbing for a cause that is very dear to me. Last year when I least expected It, I received a call informing me my younger cousin had passed away. I was shooken to my core, my family was devastated and we where all left in tears. Opioid addiction took his life. Ever since, I decided on taking an initiative to raise money and awereness to do something about this growing problem in our nation. I decided to partner up with the HERO Foundation and use each one of my climbs moving forward to raise awareness and donations for this cause. In my website www.brandonclimbs.com you can find the blogs and new climbs I will be doing for the opioid awareness campaign.
Opioid Addiction Facts
- MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES DIE AFTER OVERDOSING ON OPIOIDS EVERY DAY.
EVERY 8 MINUTES A PERSON DIES FROM OPIOID ADDICTION.
HEROIN USE HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED AMOUNG YOUNG ADULTS OVER THE PAST DECADE.
45% OF HEROIN USERS WHERE ALSO ADDICTED TO PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS.
SINCE 2010 OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATH RATES HAVE MORE THAN QUADRUPLED.
AN ESTIMATED 4 TO 6 PERCENT WHO MISUSE PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS TRANSITION TO HEROIN.
ABOUT 80 PERCENT OF PEOPLE WHO USE HEROIN FIRST MISUSED PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS.
DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS, ONCE RARE, ARE NOW THE LEADING CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH IN THE US.
What the money is used for
100% of the money raised goes directly to the foundation for use on this cause. I fund all my climbing expeditions out of pocket.
The HERO Foundations Board members are 100% volunteers and the donations goes to the following activities :
- PROVIDING GRIEF COUNSELING AND SUPPORT SERVICES TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE.
- PROVIDING FAMILY COUNSELING AND SUPPORT SERVICES TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WHO HAVE A LOVED ONE WHO HAS A SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER.
- PROVIDING PUBLIC EDUCATION ON OPIOID USE.
- ADVOCACY FOR PUBLIC POLICY DIRECTED AT TREATING THIS AS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE AND REDUCING OVERDOSE DEATHS.
I will be blogging all of my climbs and using social media marketing to reach as many people as possible. This turned from living my passion to giving my passion a purpose and making every step I take on those mountains that much more meaningful. Its not just about me reaching the summit anymore, its also about contributing to the fight against opioids so that another family doesn't get that call saying their loved one has passed because of addiction.
Any donation helps, the goal is to prevent these tragedies from happening. The rate of overdoses is skyrocketing and it includes all people from all walk of life that are being affected.