Today, Congress is holding two hearings attempting to blame Medicaid expansion for the opioid epidemic.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congress is holding two hearings attempting to blame Medicaid expansion for the opioid epidemic. Shatterproof Founder and CEO Gary Mendell released the following statement on the efforts to undermine Medicaid:

“Every community in the United States has been touched by the opioid epidemic, and the conversation in this country should be about how to connect people with the care and treatment they need, about strengthening and expanding Medicaid, and destigmatizing addiction. I encourage Members of Congress to meet the families that need more help so that they better understand how important it is to refocus this conversation on solutions.”

About Gary Mendell:

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. He founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the loss of his son Brian to addiction in 2011. Mr. Mendell is an experienced businessman and CEO who founded HEI Hotels & Resorts and is the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.

About Shatterproof:

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support, providing evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Shatterproof advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance use disorders.