At the LavaLamp Foundation we continue the work that Tyler Hallahan started, helping those suffering from addiction feel less alone and more informed.
Our mission is to spread honest, destigmatized information and share first hand stories to show that there is always a human behind the addiction.
In 2019 nearly 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, an 8.4% increase from 2018. Two thirds of those deaths were caused by opioids with the majority being caused by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. While other drug deaths are staying steady or decreasing, synthetic opioid deaths have increased 650% since 2015.¹
The increased danger of synthetic opioids coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic has made opioid addiction more isolating and deadly than ever.
With true stories and destigmatized information we are working to make the light at the end of the tunnel a little brighter.
WHAT WE DO
Addiction isolating, confusing and often shameful.
Through first hand stories we lift the veil of shame and isolation to reveal the person beyond the addiction. Showing those fighting that they aren’t alone. They matter, they are loved and they are so much more than their addiction. These stories also aid people with a loved one going through addiction to understand more about their struggles and how to offer support.
Addiction is also highly stigmatized
This has created a culture of taboo and shame when talking to information related to addiction. We will break this taboo and disseminate factual, necessary information around addiction, treatment and what we can do to help those around us.
1. Ahmad FB, Rossen LM, Sutton P. Provisional drug overdose death counts. National Center for Health Statistics. 2020. Link