Will Addiction be the next Apollo Project?

I have been obsessed with watching documentaries, listening to podcasts, and thinking about the July 20th Moon landing. It was an incredible feat that is awe-inspiring to think about. How did they pull it off, using technology from 50 years ago.

John F. Kennedy had it right, when he stated the following: “we choose to go to the moon…because the challenge is one we are unwilling to postpone, and one that we intend to win.”

Nowadays, we have a health crisis from addiction–be it alcohol, benzos, cocaine, marijuana, nicotine, or opioids. It’s now estimated that over 100,000, over 400,000, and almost 50,000 die from alcohol, tobacco and opioids respectively. See a recent NY Times article here.

I’m optimistic that as a country, our communities will band together to address the carnage that has been going on for far too long. Consider what Flight Director Gene Kranz and almost 400,000 others were able to accomplish when they worked together as a team.

It brings tears to my eyes, thinking about what a positive event the moon landing was for the world. Just think of what goodwill could be created for mankind, if community partnerships continue to grow stronger and stronger–focused on the singular objective of addressing addiction in new and creative ways.

I believe we will find our Tranquility Base, and look forward to seeing many of you at our 3rd Annual Community Addiction Awareness Vigil on September 5th, 7PM at 6 South Avenue, New Canaan.