“Most people who become addicted [to opioids] like me do so after a prescription for a painkiller following a medical procedure. Once the phenomenon of craving sets in, it is often too late,” – Jamie Lee Curtis
TYLER: The Story Behind HOPE UNITED
At nine months old, Tyler Bornstein was walking, at twelve months, he was swimming with water wings and by age five he was doing push-ups on his living room floor. An athlete from an early age, Tyler excelled at every sport he played, from baseball and soccer to football and golf. But with sports came injuries, and by the time he was eighteen, Tyler had undergone two major surgeries on his right elbow. Each one sent him home with prescription medication to help manage the pain, and innocently, before he knew it, Tyler was addicted to opiates.
The opiate addiction led to heroin, which led to stints in and out of rehab facilities. On September 28, 2014, the Summit County Sheriff’s Department showed up at the Bornstein’s home with the news no family ever wants to hear; while Tyler was in the process of overdosing, the person he was with, instead of calling 911 for help, dumped him in a vacant lot and left him there to die. Tyler Wilson Bornstein died of a heroin/fentanyl overdose at the age of twenty-three.
Tyler’s parents, Shelly and Travis, founded Hope United two years later to bring awareness and support to families struggling with addiction.
Today, HOPE UNITED is a major organization serving Summit, Stark and Portage Counties, Ohio. Through programs like Breaking Barriers and The Well, HOPE UNITED is working toward safer communities, healthier families and ending the stigma of addiction every day. Join us, and stand united against addiction in Ohio.
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Travis Bornstein discusses his son Tyler’s addiction to opioids and heroin, the stigma associated with the disease of addiction, and solutions to the opioid/heroin epidemic.
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