There will be heroes –
Oct. 30, 2018 – Now as a national advocate and author, Hampton focuses on telling stories, both his and others. His website, books and social media accounts are filled with accounts of individuals hurt by an opioid addiction in some way. Hampton explained that he emphasizes stories over facts because stories lead to more empathy. He stressed that people need to see and understand that it could be their neighbor, parent, child, employer or employee that is struggling with an addiction. When people become more empathetic and compassionate, Hampton said, more funding and change is made than when people hear facts and statistics alone. “People have been pushing facts for some time and we certainly haven’t seen our way out of the crisis yet,” Hampton said.