Wendy Williams To Take On The Fight Against Opioid Addiction
Wendy Williams is tackling opioid addiction in a major way.
The media mogul and award-winning daytime host has dedicated a large portion of her organization, The Hunter Foundation,” to address the ongoing devastating trend of illegal opioid use. Across the country, addiction has staggering statistics.
A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, a record. The New York Times reported that the leading cause of death for people under people the age of 50 is addiction, likely caused by opioids.
“You can’t give another drug to somebody who is already an addict. It just makes them stuck on stupid and addicted. There’s got to be something better,” talk show host Wendy Williams Hunter told Bold TV’s Lyndsay Christian in a recent interview.
Williams says opioid addiction and its accessibility was first brought to her attention after her son was offered K2, a synthetic form of marijuana.
She along with her husband and son launched The Hunter Foundation in 2014 as a way to make an impact in their community.
“At the time, people were falling out on K2 and nobody knew what it was. Now, it’s all over the country,” she said. “I don’t think what we have is the answer, in the case of these zombie drugs. “I’ve seen it, it’s not the answer.”
And as a resident of the tai-state area and former addict, Williams knows the pitfalls of addiction all too well.
The tri-state area, specifically New York City has seen a large uptick in the drug K2, specifically in majority Black communities. Neighborhoods like Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant have recently battled major K2 busts where groups of people were arrested or detained for trafficking and usage of the addictive drug.
Williams told Bold TV that The Hunter Foundation has teamed with online distributor Snackpop.com. Purchases will be used drug education, prevention and rehab efforts. Williams hopes her foundation will be able to provide facilities for reforming and current addicts.