The beginning of Keith’s story isn’t unusual. Tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians have dealt, or are dealing with the daily struggle that is addiction. In Pennsylvania, the scope of the opioid crisis is overwhelming. More people are dying from drug overdoses than from car accidents in Pennsylvania.
Keith’s story has a happy ending. Through setback after setback, he saw things through. But, as he explains, he couldn’t have done it without the help of community organizations and addiction counselors — people who rely on state funding to continue to do vital work in their communities day in and day out. As Keith says, we must invest adequately in community organizations through the human services portion of our state budget. Otherwise, success stories like Keith’s will be harder and harder to find.