Local bestselling author raises awareness of opioid crisis in new book

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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – More than two people die of opioid overdoses every day in Arizona, according to the state’s health department. There have been over 10,600 presumed opioid-related deaths in our state in the past four years.

In her new book “You’d Be Home Now”, New York Times bestseller and Tucson resident, Kathleen Glasgow raises awareness and understands addiction.

“You probably know someone who is in trouble right now. They probably know someone. A teacher can have difficulty in a school, a principal, a nurse, your doctor, anyone, ”Glasgow said.

“You’d Be Home Now” follows the story of a teenage girl struggling with the fallout from her brother’s addiction. They come from a wealthy family, but still struggle with the lack of resources available for recovering drug addicts.

“Understand that this is not something that only happens to people who have already lost their chance. It happens to anyone from any economy class, from any cultural background. It concerns us all, ”she said.

And this is something that the author, Kathleen Glasgow has experienced personally. She has been recovering for over 14 years. Glasgow says the first time many tried an addictive substance was when they were 12 years old. “You’d Be Home Now” works to de-stigmatize addiction and mental health.

“I really hope people think about how they and how we all, as a society, treat people with drug addiction. We treat them really pretty terribly. They don’t have enough public resources. They don’t have enough support, ”Glasgow explains.

And the lack of resources has only worsened with the pandemic. Meetings and clinics were held virtually or were closed completely, making it difficult for anyone in their recovery process to get help. Glasgow hopes her book will open the eyes of the public and encourage them to make a change in their own communities.

National Help Line for Referral and Treatment of Substance Abuse and Disorder Problems: 1-800-662-AIDE (4357)

“You’d Be Home Now” is available as a hardcover and ebook online and wherever books are sold.

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