Former NFL Player & Acclaimed Speaker on the Opioid Epidemic

Sept. 10-11, 2018 - Randy Grimes, former NFL player, and Tim Ryan, nationally acclaimed addiction speaker and A&E’s “Dope Man,” will visit our community September 10-11, 2018. They will be featured speakers of Town Hall Meetings on the Drug Addiction Epidemic at the Monroe County Family Wellness Center in Tompkinsville on September 10 and the South Central Bank September 11, both from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Also on Tuesday there will be a luncheon at 11:30 and a school assembly, both in Bowling Green.

The events are free and open to the public and will include dinner, engaging talks by Grimes and Ryan as well as local leaders, and a time for Q&A at the end. Project 12, along with Monroe County CARES, Family First and Transformations Treatment Center have sponsored this vent to raise awareness of the opioid crisis and give our community critical information. The talks will be of interest and value to concerned citizens and the general public -- from those struggling with addiction or their loved ones to community leaders who want to help.

Known as “The Hope Dealer,” Tim Ryan strives to address the opioid crisis with solutions. Once a successful businessman, he lost nearly everything to his heroin addiction. It was in prison that he found recovery. Shortly after exiting prison, he lost his own son to an overdose. His goal is to connect those in addiction with resources—as well as support families, communities, and law makers who are trying to help. “We don’t have an epidemic; we have a pandemic,” he says. “We need to get busy finding solutions, because people are dying. My aim is to offer hope.”

Today, in addition to running addiction recovery groups for addicts and families, Tim is the subject of the new A&E documentary, Dope Man, reaching millions. He has been a featured thought leader in numerous national media, including USA Today, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and “The Steve Harvey Show with Dr. Drew,” and dozens of nationally syndicated radio shows. He was an invited guest by the U.S. President to the 2016 State of the Union Address. He is the author of the bestselling book, From Dope to Hope.

Grimes, a former NFL player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 80s and 90s, struggled with addiction and nearly lost everything. "I didn't reach out for help, I didn't know how to ask for help, I didn't know who to ask for help," Grimes said. "I was ready for my next handful of pills to be my last." Grimes, thankfully, is living a life of recovery and is now a recovery advocate for others. He considers pulling others out of the pit of addiction to be his greatest accomplishment.

Sonya Turner, Founder of Project 12 Journey of Hope and one of the local organizers for this event, believes Grimes and Ryan have an important message the community needs to hear. “This event will help get folks the help they need when facing the dangers of addiction. It will raise your awareness of the impact substance abuse is making on our community and the fact that there are steps that we can take together to fight it! Project 12 Journey of Hope was founded to be a resource for the families of Kentucky or anyone seeking assistance in navigating the often difficult path to recovery from substance abuse. These Town Hall Meetings will serve to get people the help and hope they need.”

For more information on attending the event, contact Sonya Turner at 270-427-7472 or project 12joh@gmail.com.

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