About the Project 2018-06-13T11:57:19+00:00


Share Your Opioid Story is an initiative to empower those affected by the opioid epidemic to talk openly about the effects of opioid addiction. Here, individuals share their own struggles with addiction and their journey of recovery. Other stories are about family and friends that have a loved one who experiences addiction.  Some stories serve as a memorial to those we have lost to this crisis facing our communities.  We truly thank those who have shared their stories, being so willing to speak up publicly about the opioid epidemic.

We care about those affected by the opioid epidemic. Understanding statistics is an important part of exploring solutions to address opioid addiction, but we felt that individuals’ stories were getting lost in the discussion. We wanted to put a face to the numbers associated with the opioid epidemic; Share Your Opioid Story is our attempt to highlight the many ways that opioid addiction affects individuals, families, friends, and community members.

This initiative began with a focus on the Philadelphia region, grew to include all of Pennsylvania, and is now ready for everyone to be involved.  Our goal in collecting and sharing these stories is to reduce the stigma surrounding the crisis and help people to talk about opioid addiction more openly. We want people to know that the opioid crisis can affect anyone from any background.  We encourage you to share these stories with others. We invite you, your friends, and family to share your own opioid story. We hope you will talk with others about opioid addiction and substance use disorder, educating others about the realities of this condition.

We believe that those with addiction deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. We know that addiction is a medical condition that requires medical assistance, and is not caused by a parent, family member, or friend. We hope that those affected by addiction do not feel shame, and instead feel comfortable reaching out and talking about their story with others.

We want to connect those affected by the opioid crisis, so you can know that you are not alone.  We have several options for you to seek help or help others to obtain the help they need.  Whether that help is for those seeking addiction assistance or those who need help coping with the loss of their loved ones, we have resources in our communities that can help you.  Please do reach out if you know of additional resources that you think should be included.

Thank you for taking the time to read through these stories.  We genuinely believe that every story associated with the opioid crisis facing our communities deserves to be told.  Please, read through and share your own opioid story.


This project is coordinated by Dr. Glenn Sterner, a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University and an affiliate of the Justice Center for Research.  This project is funded by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.