KO Addiction’s mission is to raise awareness about the growing drug epidemic in the United States. The organization was formed by Garry Jonas, CEO of WhiteSands Treatment Centers, who is also Erickson Lubin’s manager. Awareness about addiction and the current opiate epidemic is needed now more than ever before due to the increasing numbers of drug-related fatalities and overdoses in recent years.
KO Addiction is an organization that works to highlight the continuous drug epidemic of today. The opioid crisis in the United States is being called the worst drug crisis in history throughout the nation. More than 43,000 individuals per year die as a result of a drug-related death: a frightening number that needs immediate attention. In 2014, almost 47,100 people died from a drug overdose in the United States (source). That is more deaths than car accidents caused in the same year. The numbers continue to grow which is why KO Addiction is on a mission to do what it can to help this growing crisis.
Over the last decade, prescription opiates have been severely over-prescribed, leading people to be heavily dependent on them. Over the last 15 years, drug dependency has increased by 500 percent. This statistic, along with the harsh reality that a drug epidemic is in full force, has sparked a sense of urgency in KO Addiction. Both Lubin and Gordon are committed to raising the realization of recent drug statistics so that those struggling can learn about drug prevention and treatment.
WhiteSands Treatment is committed to substance abuse prevention by supplying patients with a comfortable and supportive environment coupled with top-notch programs for addiction treatment. The company has three separate locations: Fort Myers, Tampa, and Hyde Park. Their state-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities feature a roster of board-certified counselors and doctors who specialize in treating drug and alcohol addiction.
Known as “The Hammer”, 24-year old undefeated American boxer, Erickson Lubin, was born and raised in Orlando, Florida to Haitian immigrant parents. Always attending the boxing gym with his older brother, junior middleweight, Lubin started boxing at the age of 4. By the age of 8, he had his very first amateur bout. In 2013, Lubin won gold medals at the Police Athletic League nationals as well as the U.S. National Golden Gloves. Turning down the opportunity at pursuing the Olympics in 2016, Lubin has absolutely no regrets in choosing the professional boxing route.Read More
Jared Gordon, born and raised in Queens, New York, is a mixed martial artist who holds champion status in both the lightweight and featherweight divisions. He currently competes in the lightweight division of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and began here when he was scouted by Dana White, the president of UFC. After enduring a severe injury, Gordon was prescribed prescription medication which ultimately spiraled into an addiction. As he turned to heroin, his addiction continued to worsen and by the age of 23, he was homeless and panhandling to sustain his addiction. After several life-threatening overdoses, Jared mustered up enough strength to enter rehab. Today, Jared leads a clean and sober life while thriving in his boxing career.Read More
WhiteSands Treatment is pleased to have Erickson Lubin and Jared Gordon
as Advocates for Drug Abuse Prevention.
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