Athletico Physical Therapy and SAFE Project, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending the addiction epidemic, announce an exclusive partnership to bring awareness to the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic.

The National Opioid Reduction Partnership aims to educate individuals on the risks associated with opioid medications and provide practical solutions to communities, campuses, workplaces and active-duty service members, veterans, and their families on safer ways to manage pain.

“As a healthcare provider, we know the opioid crisis is affecting every community across the US, including those where we operate. Our mission is centered on patient care, and we are committed to providing safer options for individuals to treat pain and improve their quality of life without the use of prescription medications. Our partnership with the SAFE Project gives us an opportunity to bring more awareness to this important issue and potentially help save lives.”   

— Ron Rodgers, CEO of Athletico Physical Therapy

SAFE Project is committed to ending the nation’s catastrophic addiction epidemic by focusing on public awareness, prevention, prescriptions and medical response, law enforcement and criminal justice, treatment and recovery, and family outreach and support. Together, the partnership with Athletico will strengthen the education on safe use and disposal of prescription medicine and non-addictive ways to improve pain management, a media release from Athletico explains.

As a first step of the partnership, Athletico has joined SAFE Project’s “No Shame” movement to combat the stigma about mental health and addiction challenges. SAFE Project and Athletico encourage people to commit to the #NoShame Pledge, reinforcing there is No Shame in seeking assistance for or speaking about mental health and addiction challenges. The No Shame pledge also aims to encourage others to seek help and speak out about addiction.  

“People and families navigating substance use and mental health challenges are facing unfathomable consequences. While the COVID vaccine may slow the spread of one public health crisis, the overdose rate is expected to continue its deadly climb this year. We are so proud to be partnering with Athletico, a company that shares our unwavering commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of the many communities we serve.”

— Brandee Izquierdo, Executive Director of SAFE Project

[Source(s): Athletico Physical Therapy, PR Newswire]

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