Salon Interview with Dr. Tamara Olt

Submission Date: November 26, 2022
Attributing Author: Troy Farah

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Their children struggled with addiction. Now, they’re fighting against the war on drugs

“In 2012, when my son Joshua died at the age of 16 from a heroin overdose, we didn’t know he was using drugs. We never got a chance to try and get him help.” — Tamara Olt

Over one million Americans have died of drug overdoses since 1999, with around 110,000 deaths alone in the 12-month period ending in May 2022. Every single person that overdosed had parents. They were someone’s child at some point.

Often, when a parent loses a child to an overdose, they might be seen holding a press conference with the police, calling for stronger punishments for those that possess or use drugs like fentanyl, a synthetic opioid driving overdose deaths. That response is understandable: the culprit most apparent in these kinds of deaths is the drug itself.

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