New campaign launched to bring awareness to opioid overdoses

BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - "I woke up to two NYPD officers, you know, leaning over me and waking up to them, I remember just looking at them thinking to myself 'Oh, I just wish you would have left me,'" explained Nick Zimmer, an overdose survivor. 

"I didn't really have a pulse. The girl that was with me had to do CPR. It scared me enough that I knew I didn't have much longer to keep going," said Stephanie Maitner, another overdose survivor. 

Maitner and Zimmer know how opioid addiction can change your life. These testimonies are part of a nationwide campaign, sponsored by American Addiction Centers and Recovery Brands, aimed to fight this epidemic and save lives. 

"Addiction is everywhere, but only one in 10 help. So, if you can continue to educate everyone in the world about this illness, hopefully, one day, we'll have a cure," said Dr. Susan Julius, the medical director of Townsend Treatment Centers in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles. 

Dr. Julius said nearly half of the patients she sees are addicted to opioids. 

"I would say at least 40 to 50 percent of my patients come in with opioid abuse disorder, and I would say maybe, one out of every 20 have overdosed. Some have overdosed more than once, and there's that whole set that has overdosed that we don't see," explained Dr. Julius. 

This campaign teaches people what opioids can do to your body and is geared to give those suffering from the addiction the resources and help they need, and there is no time, but the present. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, you can call the AAC Hotline, 800-822-9187. 

To learn more about the campaign, click here


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