Gary Mendell's response to the Trump administration's declaration of emergency for the opioid epidemic.


October 26, 2017

Contact: Kristen Hernandez

(202) 464-6620

WASHINGTON, DC – Shatterproof Founder and CEO Gary Mendell released the following statement after President Trump today declared the opioid epidemic a Nationwide Public Health Emergency:

“President Trump can call the opioid crisis whatever he wants. The most important thing will be how this declaration is implemented and how quickly he takes action. It will require laser-like, business execution by the Administration to take the necessary actions to save lives.

“We obviously need more funding to fully address the epidemic. But there are many things that can be done without funding, including implementing the CDC guidelines, setting higher standards for treatment and changing FDA labeling of prescription opioids.

“President Trump ran a business based on results. And so far, when it comes to the opioid epidemic, we have seen no results. This declaration is providing the government with tools to save lives – I hope they act immediately.”


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.


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