Vickey Cornell, widow of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, visited Congress to address the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force to share the story of her husband’s death.
She discussed his death to bring up a larger issue, the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis. Telling the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force, “The part that hurts most is Chris’ death was not inevitable, there were no demons that took over. Chris had a brain disease and a doctor who unfortunately, like many, was not properly trained or educated on addiction.”
She emphasized the dilemma of healthcare professionals overprescribing addictive medications stating, “We must integrate addiction treatment into our health care system—no more false narratives about the need to hit rock bottom, no more secret societies, no more shame—we must educate health care providers on how to treat addiction and best support recovery.”
Later she posted on Instagram about the experience with a tribute to her late husband.
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I’m so honored to have been invited to Capitol Hill to speak about the impact of addiction on our family, share our heartache and advocate on behalf of a comprehensive solution to integrate addiction into mainstream medicine. Thank you @RepAnnieKuster and @RepBrianFitz and on behalf of my late husband and our family we thank you for all your efforts. We are deeply heartened by the achievements of the past two sessions of Congress. America thanks you for these bipartisan and bicameral efforts. My @chriscornellofficial I know you have that big infectious smile on your face and we feel your love and warmth, every single day. You are always with us. We are always with you…. I will fight this until the end for you, for our babies and 21 million reasons ….. I love you. WE ALL LOVE YOU!!!! #chriscornellforever #legendsneverdie