Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation 2015 Donor Impact Report

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Dear Friends,

At the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, hope is a verb. A culture. A force that, for 67 years, has inspired our collective commitment, informed our every endeavor, and kept us on the frontlines in striving to overcome addiction. Throughout 2015, our efforts converged from across the Foundation to address the escalating crisis in our midst—the nation's opioid epidemic. With over two million Americans either abusing or dependent on prescription opioid painkillers*, and 44 Americans dying every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids**, the scope and wreckage of drug addiction have never been more glaring.

As this report chronicles, we at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation have summoned the full force of our experience and expertise to address the opioid epidemic by:

  • Piloting innovative treatment protocols to specifically target opioid misuse
  • Advancing public policy measures aimed at preventing and treating opioid addiction
  • Expanding community- and school-based prevention and awareness efforts
  • Informing the scholarly and clinical field through research and scientific inquiry
  • Educating addiction counselors and health care providers through graduate and professional programs

The challenges of addiction extend far beyond the crisis at hand, and the solutions transcend the efforts of any single organization. But we are giving it our all, and—thanks to your support—we made major inroads in 2015. With this report, we honor you, our donors, who understand what's at stake and what it takes to keep moving forward. Together, we are a force of healing and hope for our hurting world.

With grateful hearts,

Mark Mishek signature

Mark G. Mishek
President and CEO,
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Bill Cirone

William Cirone
Chair, Hazelden Betty Ford
Foundation Board of Trustees

*Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2014.
**CDC. Wide-ranging online data for epidemiologic research (WONDER); 2016. Available at http://wonder.cdc.gov

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation 2015 Donor Impact Report

Betsy Farver Smith introduces the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation 2015 Donor Impact Report where you can read inspiring stories our generous donors helped make possible. We also welcome you to review the complete annual report and view the webcast: Let's Talk: A Conversation about the Difference You Make hosted by Mark Mishek and Betsy Farver Smith, along with Dr. Marv Seppala and Val Slaymaker, Ph.D.

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